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Cycling can be an economical and enjoyable way to get around Northamptonshire. However, if you have an accident, there are some important tips you will need to remember:
If you are knocked down, you must consider your own safety. You should get yourself out of the road and onto the pavement as soon as possible. If you are unable to move, remember that other people may not be expecting to see you. You should therefore ensure that you are visible to other motorists.
Seek the assistance of the emergency services
If you are injured, you should call 999 and ask the emergency services to attend the scene of your accident. Before leaving the scene, obtain the details of the attending police officers and ask them to provide you with an incident reference number. Their report could support your personal injury claim.
As a cyclist, you may not have taken out insurance coverage. However, all motor vehicles on public roads should have it. You must therefore exchange personal and insurance details immediately after the collision. In addition to names and addresses, you should take down the details of the vehicle’s registration number, as well as make, model and colour of the vehicle.
In addition to the details of the other driver, you should obtain the contact information of any independent witnesses to your accident. If you are too injured to do this yourself, ask a sympathetic onlooker for assistance. Witness statements will carry weight should your accident lawyer in Northamptonshire encounter any disputes relating to the cause of your accident.
If you have a camera or smartphone to hand, you may wish to take photos of the accident scene. Ideally, you should do this before the driver informs you of their intention to move their vehicle to a ‘safe’ place. In addition to taking photos, you should write out a full account of your accident and draw a sketch of the scene of the collision.
Seek advice from an accident lawyer in Northamptonshire
If the accident was not your fault, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Accident claims can pose challenges in respect of the defensive stance taken by insurance companies. It is therefore advisable to seek early legal advice from a 100% no win, no fee cycling accident lawyer in Northamptonshire.
To get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline’s team of specialist lawyers, please call our freephone helpline.
Date Published: 12th January 2014
Author: David Brown