I was knocked off my bike by a car on the road. What should I do?
Your health and well-being should always come first. Be sure to seek proper medical evaluation by a physician as some injuries will not be immediately apparent and may take a few days to manifest and begin showing symptoms.
If you have exchanged information with the other people involved, you will need to keep that information secure. It is important that you obtain as much information as possible, including their name, address and telephone/email number, as well as vehicle registration number and insurance details. Be sure to save any photos or videos taken after an accident.
Testimonials will usually be a great help, so be sure to write down the names and contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident. If CCTV information or traffic light footage is available, be sure to get it as soon as possible.
Should I contact the police?
You must contact the police to report an accident. They will be able to confirm the contact details of the other party involved and provide you with an incident number.
Can I claim damage to my bike?
If your bike or clothing (including bike helmet and accessories) was damaged as a result of the accident, you should keep all receipts so that they can be included in any claim.
What steps can I take to prevent an accident from happening again?
With more bikes on the roads there will inevitably be an increase in the number of accidents, so safety and awareness on the bike is crucial.
The most important thing is to make sure your bike is set up to suit your physique, but if you’re on the road, the rules of the road should always be obeyed. Red lights should never be jumped and cyclists should stay away from sidewalks.
Lights should be used to keep you visible (even during the day if the light is poor) and light-colored clothing should be worn. Helmets should always be worn to avoid head injuries if you are unlucky enough to fall off your bike.
Should I wear earphones when riding a bike?
Mobile phones can be a useful tool if photos or videos need to be taken after an accident, but they should not be used while cycling and you should avoid listening to music. It is important to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings and other road users.
At Howells Solicitors, our Personal Injury Department works on behalf of many new and existing clients who make bicycle accident claims. Accidents with other cyclists, with motor vehicles or those who have fallen or crashed due to poor road surfaces are the most frequently cited reasons.
If you were unlucky enough to have suffered a physical or psychological injury in an accident while on your bike and you do not consider yourself to be at fault, then you have the right to pursue an injury claim. bodily.
It is very important to clearly demonstrate that the other person/party involved was negligent and that it is because of this that you suffered your injuries. However, you must file your claim within three years of the date of the accident.