How does a cycling accident occur? It may happen in many ways, perhaps by a reckless action on the part of the cyclist, or by negligence on the part of a driver, or even a pedestrian. A cycling accident claim may be put forward when the cyclist has good evidence that another person was negligent and this is what caused their accident, and the subsequent injuries they suffered.
Another good question would be this: do you know what to do if you’ve been involved in a cycling accident? Getting the details of other parties involved is essential, as these would be required in the event you did make a claim. It can also be worth getting the details of anyone who witnessed what happened, as their statements can help you prove someone else was negligent.
While some cyclists take unnecessary risks on the roads, most of them take every care to stay safe. There are good reasons for this, not least that cyclists are among the most vulnerable of road users. While some roads have cycle lanes to use that can keep cyclists away from traffic, this does not apply in every case. Moreover, even if such lanes are present, you can never assume a vehicle won’t stray into them, or a pedestrian won’t step out in front of you without looking.
If anything like this happens, and someone else does something (or neglects to do something) that leads you to have a crash or to suffer injuries in some other way, you have a chance to make a cycling accident claim.
Assessing your injuries
You’ll likely feel shocked and in pain when you have had a cycling accident. Your priority will be to figure out if you have any injuries. You may be lucky and only have a few scrapes, but it could be very different. Other injuries might include concussion or other head injuries (even if you do wear a cycle helmet), broken bones, crush injuries, and other assorted issues. Treating cycling accident injuries is very important, and will involve assessing the symptoms of cycling accident injuries.
For example, are you suffering from a fracture or simply some heavy bruising? If you have trouble moving a limb or you felt or heard something crack, get it seen to as soon as you can. Even if you’re confident you may have got away without any serious injuries, it may be advisable to be checked over, particularly if you took a significant tumble. The long term effects of being involved in a cycling accident may potentially be worse if you don’t realise you have a more serious injury.
Shock and adrenaline
You should also remember that adrenaline takes over during this situation. The shock of being involved in a cycling accident means you’ll have a flood of adrenaline in your system, and this can help prevent you from feeling any pain. You may not realise until sometime after the accident that anything is wrong. This is why you should be assessed for injuries if you were in a cycling accident, whether that means seeing your GP or attending a casualty or minor injuries unit. Make the right decision based on how you feel and the nature of the crash.
Another reason why it makes sense to get medical advice following a cycle crash is that evidence of your injuries will then be available. Let’s assume you were knocked off your bicycle by a driver. You find that walking on your right foot is difficult, and you’re unsure whether you’ve broken anything. Going to casualty to have an x-ray will determine whether you do have broken bones, or whether you have torn some ligaments or tendons. Either way, you will have the right treatment for your injuries. You will also have evidence of your attendance, of the examinations you had and the tests you underwent, and these can be used to support a cycling accident claim.
Let us help you assess the odds of making a cycling accident claim today
Firstly, here is the good news – the cost of making a cycling accident claim is taken care of, thanks to your ability to make a no-win, no-fee claim with our help. Providing you have a good case, one of our personal injury lawyers will handle it for you. You’ll pay nothing in solicitors’ fees if you lose your case, providing reassurance from the start. Many people worry about the chance of losing out financially, but as you can see from the information we have given you here, there is no need to be concerned. We’ll guide you and support you through making a cycling accident claim if you have good reason to make one, and our experience has been developed over more than 16 years, so you know you are in good hands.
We are here to help you
Call now to see if Accident Advice Helpline can help you make a cycling accident claim. Claiming for a cycling accident could be easier than you think, and it begins by calling 0800 689 0500, or if you prefer, 0333 500 0993 if you want to ring us from your mobile. We are ready to help. We also have an online test you will find at the top of this page. As you can see, it consists of just a few easy questions, and once you have completed it, you’ll get some immediate answers on whether you could claim.
Date Published: 18th April 2017
Author: Rob Steen