What to do if you get knocked off your bicycle?
With more and more councils urged to introduce safe cycling lanes and a focus on green transport initiatives there has been a surge in the number of people taking up cycling. During last year’s lockdown cycling increased by around 200% in the UK as people looked for alternative forms of travel to public transport. With this increase in numbers there has also been a rise in accidents involving cyclists. In this blog, we look at essential steps you should take if you are involved in an accident while cycling.
Get medical attention
If you get knocked off your bicycle one of the first things that you should do is to get medical attention. At a bare minimum you will probably have cuts and bruises, but you could also have more serious injuries such as torn muscles or even broken bones. You may not even initially realise you are injured as adrenaline can temporarily mask any pain from injuries which is why it is important to get proper medical attention.
If you decide not to get an ambulance or to go to A&E following an accident, then you should make an appointment with your GP. This will help if you need to make a claim for personal injury by ensuring your injuries are documented by a medical professional.
Take details of the motorist
While you may be tempted to wave off the accident, particularly if you feel okay, it is important to take the details of the motorist involved in the accident. Details that you should take include name, address, phone number, and vehicle registration.
Get photographs and details of witnesses
Make sure you take photographs of the position of the vehicles and damage to the car and your bike. If you are seriously injured, then ask a bystander to take photographs for you. You should also take down details of any witnesses to the accident, taking their name and phone numbers.
Report the accident to the police
Depending on the severity of the accident the police may not attend the scene, but you will still be able to get a police reference number and they may choose to investigate the accident.
Take your bike with you
Whether you are going to hospital or else getting a lift home, make sure you take your bicycle with you. Many bicycles cost hundreds if not thousands of pounds, which makes them an extremely valuable asset that is expensive to replace. Following an accident, you will need to arrange to have your bicycle inspected to assess the cost of a repair or replacement.
Seek legal help
As you begin the road to recovery you may want to seek legal help and make a personal injury claim, particularly if you were injured and your bicycle was damaged. Get in touch with the team at Calthrops Solicitors and find out more about our personal injury lawyers here.