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Cycling accidents are shockingly common throughout the UK. Statistics estimate there are more than 20,000 accidents each year, and more than 90% of those involve adults cycling for a variety of different reasons. Whether you use your bike to get to work, to head for the store, or simply to handle all of your day to day needs, the potential for an accident is very real. If it does happen to you, what should you do next?
- Make sure no one is seriously injured. If anyone is injured, prompt medical attention has to be the first order or business. Even if you think the injuries are minor, you’ll still want to see your GP or visit the local A & E Department for help.
- Gather evidence at the scene of the accident. If anyone saw the crash, get the names and phone numbers of those people, and identify who caused the crash. If a car was involved, get the registration number and driver’s contact details. Take photos of the scene on your phone, too. You will also want to report the incident to the police as soon as it is reasonably practical.
- Note that insurance companies may try to contact you to settle immediately. You may want to rethink that, as early settlement offers tend to be far lower than the compensation amount you actually deserve. Once you settle, you will not be able to file a further claim which means if your condition is worse than additionally thought or it takes you longer to recover then you may have lost out.
- Keep your damaged property. Your bike, equipment, and even helmet need to be kept, as it’s all essential evidence of the accident. You may even want to get a quote for the costs of the damage to your bike and other equipment.
- Keep track of your expenses. Often after an accident like this, expenses can pile up quickly. From new transportation to the costs of your injuries, try to keep a log of just how much financial damage this cycling accident caused in your own life.
Contacting a solicitor during this process is an absolute must. You deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering during this difficult time, and the right personal injury solicitor can help. Phone us today to learn more.