Cycling is a popular hobby for many people. Although it is both physically and mentally beneficial, it also provides its fair share of risks. Any cyclist will agree that the biggest fear connected to cycling is that of taking a knock from a car. Surprisingly enough, statistics reveal that such incidences are not commonplace, and cyclists are more likely to come to harm simply by losing control, falling off when hitting debris or crashing into a curb.
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It goes without saying that when a bike crashes into a car, the cyclist will bear the brunt of the impact. When such an incident occurs, those vital moments following such an ordeal are the most crucial. Such evidence forms the bones on which a case can be fleshed out.
The safety of a cyclist is of paramount importance, so when a collision causes a fall to the ground it is important to stay there for a while until the extent of the injuries can be determined. Do not be tempted to automatically rise to the feet, as any sudden movement could aggravate a condition.
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If you appear to be nothing more than very shook up, don’t just push your bike home without giving a second thought to informing the police. That 999 call is your only hope if matters go further and you later end up having to find a lawyer in Buckinghamshire.
Take notes about every single detail that you can remember, and don’t assume that just because you were riding a bike the matter is unimportant. Consider the events as valuable as they would be if you had encountered a similar accident in a car. Note everything you can, from car licence plates through to contact details of witnesses.
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Never admit fault or apologise, even if you feel you were to blame. The word ‘sorry’ admits liability. It is better that conversation is kept to a minimum until the police arrive.
Don’t pick up your bike. Leave it on the ground along with any other items which may be strewn across the floor. As long as other vehicles can pass by safely, do not touch a single thing. If the driver involved in the collision moves the car for any reason, take a note of it.
If you are offered medical assistance, do not refuse even if you feel perfectly fine. A medical examination will provide an account of your injuries. This will also act as evidence on an accident report.
Finally, if you are unsure as to whether you should proceed with a claim or have any questions which you would like to have answered quickly, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 8th January 2014
Author: David Brown