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This article was published on March 2nd, 2022
Cycling is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the UK and there are currently more cyclists on the road than ever before. Whilst it offers many benefits, it also comes with its risks and despite increased safety awareness, cycling accidents are common. Here are the 7 important steps to take should you be involved in a cycling accident.
In the event that you are involved in a cycling accident, you will likely have been on the road. If this is the case, you should try and move off the road to a safe place, providing your injuries are not too severe.
Seeking medical attention should be your number one priority. The severity of your injuries will depend on the type of medical help that you will need. If you believe you are not seriously injured it is still important to seek medical advice by ringing 111, they will be able to advise you further on whether you need to visit a hospital. A medical examination may reveal injuries even if you are not yet experiencing symptoms such as concussion.
If your injuries are more serious, you should call 999 and speak to the emergency services right away.
The police are likely to respond to your cycling accident if you called for emergency medical attention, but it is important to ensure that they come to the scene and file a police report. A police report typically contains many important details about the events leading to your accident, parties involved, road conditions and traffic signals and, provides valuable information about the cause of the accident. These details will be important for any personal injury claim you file.
If possible, swap details with the other party involved. This, includes; their name, address, email address, phone number and vehicle registration if there was a vehicle involved. These details are crucial should you need to claim on your insurance or contact a personal injury solicitor.
It is also important to take lots of pictures of the scene of your cycling accident, particularly of the damaged areas of your bike and the other bike or vehicle involved. It is useful to take pictures of anything that may have caused the accident such as a road defect, try to capture the location including, any road signs or landmarks. If you have a headcam or vehicles involved, have dash cams, try and get details so the footage can be traced.
If there were any witnesses to the cycling accident, you must get as much information from them as possible. They can serve as important sources of information, particularly if you are trying to build a personal injury claim. Ensure that you note down their details in case you need to contact them later to provide their account of the accident.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault, it is important to contact a personal injury solicitor. Here at Thorneycroft, our personal injury solicitors specialise in cycling accident compensation claims and have successfully handled many cycling accident claims for different circumstances including; collisions at junctions, pothole claims, cycle claims and road traffic accident claims.
Our personal injury solicitors are happy to offer you a free, no-obligation assessment and will provide you with the very best legal advice for your case.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault, get in touch today. To speak to a member of our experienced personal injury team, call 0800 1979345 or fill out our simple enquiry form.