Cycle collision injuries and how they occur
The most common reason people give for not riding a bicycle is the fear of having an accident with a motor vehicle; they just do not feel safe on the roads.
Although colliding with a motor vehicle is a very real hazard for cyclists, most cycle accidents occur because of a defect on the surface they are travelling on, with no other vehicle involved.
The injuries received in this scenario tend to be a lot less serious than injuries sustained when the cyclist is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.
Cycle collision injuries
It is not always apparent how serious the cycle collision injuries are immediately after the event. Sometimes an injury that seemed to be minor can develop into something more serious and possibly even permanent.
Who is to blame?
No matter what the cause of the accident, someone somewhere has been negligent. It could be the driver of the motor vehicle, the authority responsible for maintaining the road, or even the cyclist. In the case of a defective cycle the manufacturer could be at fault.
What do you do?
If another vehicle is involved, always wait for the Police to arrive so that they can complete an accident report. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for the Police to assume it must have been the cyclist’s fault, and not want to talk to you. Make sure, if you are able to, that they have your side of events, as well as the driver’s. If you are too badly injured to do this, try to ensure someone does it on your behalf as soon as possible.
Do not attempt to negotiate with the driver yourself; quite often they will apologise at the scene and accept the blame, and later deny they were at fault.
Make sure you, or someone else on your behalf, gets the driver’s details and contact information, as well as that of any witnesses.
You should seek medical treatment for your injuries, as these will record the severity of them; these records could prove useful later on in negotiations.
Contacting insurance companies
It is better not to contact insurance companies until you have taken legal advice from specialists in this field. Unfortunately, insurance companies are quite often gathering information to try and prove the accident was caused by your own negligence.
Get expert legal advice
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in these sorts of cases.
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Date Published: 14th July 2013