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Date Published:23 May 2019 Last Updated:14 Apr 2021

Keep Safe On Your Bike This Summer!

Personal Injury Claims

As the evenings grow longer and the sunlight hours increase, so do the number of cyclists on the roads. Our specialist cycling accident team have received an increase in the number of cycling accident cases over the last month alone. Here are a few tips to keep you safer on the roads and what to do if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a cycling accident.

Ensure your lights are working, front and rear (ideally daytime running lights).

  • Wear protective and reflective clothing and always wear a helmet.
  • Don’t cycle too close to the kerb. This will make you more visible to motorists and helps to avoid drain covers, debris and
    potholes!
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Make your intentions clear. If you need to indicate make sure you do so clearly and in good time.
  • Check your brakes before you start your ride.

If you are involved in an accident, try to follow the below steps to help you recover quickly and get you back on your bike:

1.Get out of danger.

If it is safe for you to move, try to make sure you and your bike are clear of the road/any further danger. If it is not safe to move, stay where you are and wait for help.

2.Gather Evidence.

Take down details of the other vehicle or rider involved plus any witness details. Try to take photographs of the accident scene and the positioning of the vehicle in the road and locate any CCTV (this may be obtainable from the council). If you are wearing a cycle camera on your helmet at the time of the accident the footage will be admissible in court.

3.Report the accident.

If you need immediate medical attention call an ambulance and always ensure any accident is reported to the police.

4.Keep damaged property.

You can claim the cost of replacing/repairing the damaged items. Holding on to the items can help to evidence the value and level of damage.

5.Seek medical assistance.

It is always advisable to get checked over by a medical professional if you are involved in an accident, even if your injuries appear to be minor. The quicker you get checked over the faster any injuries can be treated. This can lead to a shorter recovery period meaning you will be able to get back on your bike sooner rather than later!

6.Keep a list of expenses.

You may be able to claim back expenses such as travel to and from medical appointments, physiotherapy sessions and time off work.

7.Get a crash damage quotation.

When you are able to, take your bike to a reputable bike shop and ask them to carry out a crash damage quotation. You may be charged for this, but we should be able to recover the cost as part of your claim.

8.Get advice before accepting an early settlement offer.

You may receive an early settlement offer from the other party’s insurers before you realise the full extent of your injuries. It is always recommended that you seek independent legal advice.

Finally, you can call our cycle accident specialist, David McWilliam on 01202 057710 or email him at david.mcwilliam@ellisjones.co.uk for free specialist advice.