What is a cycle injury?
A cycle injury is damage to your personal being, involving your cycle.
The injury can take many forms, cuts and bruises, broken limbs, back damage or head injuries.
How does a cycle injury happen?
A cycle injury can happen in various different ways, and no two accidents are the same. It could be that you have a collision with a motor vehicle, another cyclist, pedestrian, loose gravel on the road, or a badly maintained road with potholes. In winter, it could also be caused by ice on the roads.
What can you do to help avoid an accident?
There are precautions you can take to lower the risk of an accident happening to you.
Make sure your cycle is in good working order, and that you are wearing all the correct protective apparel when riding.
Make sure you have a good understanding of the Highway Code. Unlike other road users, you do not have to take any test. So it is even more important to make sure you are familiar with all the road signs, use islands and junctions properly, and obey traffic lights.
If you are in an accident what should you do?
If there are injuries to anyone involved in the accident, or a hazard is being caused to other road users, the police should be contacted immediately. They will take the necessary steps to make sure everything is made safe. They will also complete an accident report, which may be used later in any prosecutions or compensation claims. Make sure that you put your side of the story across, so it is included in the report. Get the names and details of anyone else involved in the crash, and the names and addresses or phone numbers of any witnesses; their evidence could be vital at a later stage.
What do you do next?
The compensation claims system can be very complicated and time consuming. You need professional help to be certain of getting the amount of compensation you are entitled to, and to ensure as little anxiety as possible is caused through having to deal with your claim. The accident itself will have been more than traumatic enough, without you having to worry about these things as well.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline to speak to a friendly adviser. We have over 16 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury compensation claims of all types; cycle injury compensation claims is just one area we offer expertise in. Our in-house solicitors have lots of experience, and have dealt with numerous cycle injury claims.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to connect with the claim experts at Accident Advice Helpline today. Our initial advice is free.
Date Published: 14th July 2013