Cyclists are extremely vulnerable when out and about, especially when cycling on busy roads or in heavy traffic. They don’t have the same protective barrier as a car; therefore it’s far more likely that they will be seriously injured if an accident was to occur. Even the most experienced cyclists need to be aware of their surroundings at all times.
For a cyclist, there is probably nothing scarier than being involved in a road accident. If you’re the one on the bike, it’s important that you follow the appropriate steps so that you reduce the chances of being severely injured.
Get Out of Danger
If you’ve been knocked off your bike whilst on the road, it’s possible that you could still be in danger. If you can, it’s important to get yourself off the road ASAP. If you’re unable to get yourself out of harm’s way, you need to attract as much attention to yourself so someone will come and help.
Collect Contact Details
You need to collect the contact details of anyone who was involved in the accident. Assuming the driver has stuck around; you need to get their full contact details, as well as their car details and insurance information. It’s important to try getting contact details for independent witnesses too – this will be extremely helpful when making a claim later on. If you’re injured and can’t do this yourself, you should ask someone else to collect them for you.
Don’t Admit Liability
Do NOT admit liability. Even saying ‘sorry’ as a polite reflex could be used against you later on. People can be apologetic in the moment but change their stance once they have had time to think or speak to their legal representation. You should be assertive – don’t give them anything that could be used to position you as the one to blame.
Alert the Police
Whether you’re badly injured or just grazed, it’s important that you ring the police and report your accident. This will be logged and can therefore be used later on when you are making an accident claim. You should always keep copies of the police report (and the ambulance one if you’re injured).
Take pictures of the accident (or get someone to take them for you). Take as many pictures as you can, including your bike, the car involved in the accident and the road it happened on. This will be used as proof of your accident later on.
Get Your Injuries Checked Out
Never decide that your injuries aren’t bad enough to warrant a trip to the hospital. Whether minor or not, you should always get yourself checked out after being involved in an accident. Sometimes injuries aren’t visible and don’t show up straight away – it’s worth getting checked over by a medical professional.
If you’ve been unfortunate to be involved in an accident that definitely wasn’t your fault, you might be able to claim compensation. As personal injury lawyers, we specialise in a number of road traffic accident claims, including hit and run and MIB claims.