What is a cycle injury?
A cycle injury is damage to your personal being somehow 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 I 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 I am in an accident what should I 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 have to 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 Police 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 I do next?
The compensation claims system is 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 on our free phone number (0800 180 4 123) to speak to a friendly advisor, someone that will understand your problems and assist you every way they can. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, so if you work shifts or you’d prefer to deal with the claim in the middle of the night – no problem.
Accident Advice Helpline have over 15 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.