Statistics unfortunately show that people seriously injured or killed in cycling accidents is on the increase with a 5% rise reported in April to June of 2010. Cycling is often regarded as a dangerous pursuit as many UK towns are not bike friendly with sporadic cycle lanes and busy traffic and the accident statistics show that cycling can be unsafe. However, cycling is becoming more popular as people are encouraged to leave the car at home and take a bike instead as it’s a more eco friendly and healthier and cheaper mode of transport. If you do cycle on the road and are injured in an accident then you could make a cycling accident claim and below are some top tips to help you.
- Seek medical attention – if you’ve been injured then, if you can, remove yourself and your bike out of the flow of traffic and onto the pavement and call for medical help. Not only can this ensure your injuries are treated as soon as possible but this is also evidence of your injuries which could support your cycle accident claim. Even if you feel you haven’t been seriously injured you should still make an appointment to see your doctor when you get home so they can give you a thorough medical examination and assess any damage you might have received from the accident.
- Take pictures– photograph the accident scene including the vehicles involved, your bike, your injuries and anything else which could have caused the accident including a pothole or loose road surface for example.
- Take notes – take down the names and numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident as well as the people involved in the accident.
- Contact an injury lawyer – personal injury lawyers deal with cycling accident claims so seek out an injury lawyer in your area who will help you make a claim for any injuries you received as a result of your accident.
Contact ASD for more information on cycle accident claims.