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What to do if you’re hit by car whilst cycling

There are thousands of people throughout the UK who enjoy saddling up and riding their bike. Whether it’s for a daily commute, a family day out or for a race at the weekend, cycling is a great activity that can be enjoyed by almost anyone, with the number of cyclists on the road continuing to rise with each passing year.

However, every year there are approximately 19,000 cyclists injured in road traffic accidents.

Unlike motorists, cyclists are not using a registered vehicle, consequently, many of them are without 3rd party insurance which can create uncertainty as to the right procedure to pursue should a collision with a motorist occur.

If you do have the misfortune of being knocked from your bike by another vehicle, there are a few key steps you should follow.

Remain calm

In the immediate aftermath of a collision your heart rate will rise, and your initial instinct will be one of anger and/or distress. The key thing to remember is that it is unlikely that the driver of the car intentionally collided with you. Do your best to avoid any arguments especially surrounding who’s to blame.

Stay safe

If your collision leaves you on the road, make sure you get yourself to a safe place as soon as possible. Remember, being hit by a car once is bad, getting hit twice could be fatal.

Exchange details

If the driver of the car that collided with you remains on the scene, make sure you get their full name, email address, a contact telephone number, insurance details and most importantly their license plate number – this can be used to trace the driver should they give you any false information or should they leave the scene without you getting everything you need.

Also look for any witnesses at the scene and collect their contact details, their testimony may be needed should a claim be made. The more people you can find who witnessed the collision, the better.

If possible you should also try to take pictures of the scene of the accident, any damage to your bike, the driver’s car and any injuries that may have happened as a result of the collision.

Call the police

You have a legal obligation to contact the police within 24 hours of an accident. Ideally, you should call them as soon as the collision occurs. If or when they do arrive at the scene, ensure you make a record of the police officer’s name and the police case reference number.

Don’t ride away

Even if you experience a small collision, do not attempt to ride away. Your bike may look intact and in full working order, but there may be underlying issues. Riding away from the scene of the collision without giving the bike a full inspection could put you and other road users at risk of another accident.

Contact a member of our personal injury team

If you feel that the accident wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Make sure you contact a member of our specialist team.

Thorneycroft Solicitors has a team of specialist cycling accident compensation claims solicitors within the Personal Injury team. Our solicitors provide specialist advice on all compensation cases on a no win – no fee basis. For your free consultation call 0800 1979 345 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you at a time that suits you.