What should you do if, as a cyclist, you are involved in a road traffic accident with a vehicle:
- Seek medical assistance from your GP or from Accident and Emergency. Your mental and physical health is the most important elements. Any compensation claim is a secondary consideration.
- Take photographs (using your phone) and/or video of the accident location – the layout, lighting and weather are all important factors.
- Inform the police as soon as possible – they may investigate the accident and see if a criminal offence has been committed. If the police pursue the matter against the other driver, then there is a much higher chance that the other driver’s insurers will admit liability (blame) quickly.
- Take insurance and contact details from the driver of the vehicle.
- Record the vehicle registration number, make, model and colours of the negligent driver, vehicle.
- Take names and contact details of any witnesses.
- Write everything down, so that you don’t forget any relevant details. Particularly focus on what happened and what symptoms you have.
- Contact a specialist personal injury solicitor, who has expertise in cycling claims, as soon as possible to obtain a No Win, No Fee agreement.
- Replace your helmet but keep the damaged helmet as evidence for the police or for your personal injury claim.
- Take photographs of your injuries as they progress.
- Take photos of your damaged bike and other damaged items.
Happy cycling and stay safe.