Since riding a bike has become one of the most healthy and economical forms of transport, it is worth discussing the information that a bike accident solicitor will require should you take a nasty fall and suffer a serious injury.
Yes, it can be great fun riding a bike, but it can also prove to be highly dangerous. Act with due care and attention while seated and those little incidents may only be few and far between. A safe cyclist can contribute greatly to safer roads.
One of the most important places you should be extra vigilant is at a junction; this is where the majority of accidents take place. Pick up a copy of the Highway Code and learn how to avoid ending up under the wheels of a car.
Your bike accident solicitor will want to know if you made yourself highly visible to other car drivers in the event of an accident. You should be able to demonstrate that your bicycle was equipped with strong working headlights, both in the front and behind. If it was dark, you should have been wearing reflective clothing as well. Explain to your solicitor how you reacted when the prevailing danger became evident.
The answers your bike accident solicitor will be looking for
Most cycling injuries cause fractures to the arm or leg. Fatal injuries are usually the result of head trauma. Therefore, a bike accident solicitor will want to know that you were wearing a helmet. Protective headwear can significantly decrease the extent of an injury in over 80% of accidents. Head injuries can range from bruising, cuts and bumps, through to concussion and traumatic injuries to the brain. Cyclists may also suffer from abdominal pain, which can surface as a result of the body coming into contact with the handle bars.
Proving that safety always came first
If a cyclist adheres to the rules of the road, the chance of a serious accident become less likely. A bike is considered a vehicle, so cyclists must follow the same rules as any other vehicle when it comes to right of way. Sitting behind the handlebars is the same as sitting behind the wheel of a car — the only difference is that you are much colder and more exposed. Your bike accident solicitor will expect you to confirm that you came to a halt at the stop sign and did not take a quick glance, assume that all roads were clear and nip across.
If you are unsure if you were partly to blame for an accident, or would like information on the type of evidence that your solicitor will require, call a company such as Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.