9 Jan 2019

What Should Cyclists do Following an Accident?

It is perhaps no surprise that cyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users in the country.

With little protection, and their need to use the same parts of the road network as cars and lorries, those on two wheels – cyclist or motorcyclist – are 34 times more likely to be killed compared with car drivers, according to Brake.

But would you know what to do if you, as a cyclist, were involved in a collision?

Ensure your safety first

Accidents often happen in areas which are not safe to stay in. They could be in the middle of a road, by a bus stop or among traffic jams which are prone to moving off. It is vital that you move yourself to a safe space and if you are unable to move following your collision, then call out to attract attention so that someone can assist you. If you suspect you may have suffered a severe injury, then remain still and ask those around you to call an ambulance.

Gather details to make life easier for yourself in the long run

If you are able to get information and evidence following your incident then get as much as possible; you can rely on it later down the line. If hit by a car, then the registration number, make and model are vital pieces of information which help to identify who was involved. Take pictures of the scene in the immediate aftermath and ensure any signs of an incident taking place (tyre skid marks etc) are recorded.

What next?

Make sure you get yourself checked over so you can make a full recovery. As for your equipment, when you get your bike repairs arranged remember to keep your receipts which may be used at a later date if compensation is being discussed.

If legal assistance is required, at Winn Solicitors we can offer you all the help you need to get you back on your bike and back on the road. Find out more information about making a claim as a cyclist by clicking here:

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