Your Bicycle Accident – a Very Handy Guide.
If You have been involved in a Bicycle Accident then there are a number of things you should do – taking action along the lines discussed below may well make the difference between winning or losing Your Claim…….. So what should you do following a Bicycle Accident to give you the best chance of succeeding?
After Your Bicycle Accident Exchange Details
First things first, if you are in a fit state to do so take down the name of the defendant driver together with the registration number and make/model of the offending vehicle. In an ideal world other witnesses and where relevant the Police will also have this information recorded but if you can don’t leave this to chance.
Obtain Witnesses Details – they are really important!
If there is a dispute in relation to what happened then we cannot underestimate how important independent witness evidence can be for your Bicycle Accident claim. Record all the contact details of any witnesses and see whether, if necessary, they would be prepared to provide a statement in relation to what happened. We know from our experience that independent witnesses accounts of the sequence of events are highly influential in determining the outcome of Bicycle Accident claims.
Take Lots and Lots of Photographs – they can make all the difference!
Assuming you are not too badly hurt time spent taking photographs after the accident can be extremely helpful.
- You should take as many photographs as you can to show the scene of the accident and in particular, damage to your bicycle, skid marks, road signs and layout.
- We know from our years of experience bringing bicycle claims that this type of evidence can often help us to argue and win cases where liability is initially contested.
- It is also a good idea to take photographs of all your injuries initially and then at later stages as these can help to support the claim for pain and suffering.
Report the Accident to the Police
However minor your injuries are it always makes good sense to report the matter to the Police so that all important information is collated and recorded.
Receive Medical Treatment without Delay
Bicycle accidents by definition often involve serious injuries but even if your injuries are relatively minor it is always good advice to be checked out by a qualified medic who can assess the injuries and provide you with any treatment you require.
By visiting the hospital and or your doctor there will be an accurate record which further down the line will help you to substantiate the nature and extent of your injuries.
Your Financial Losses – Keep the paper work
There are likely to be a number of key items which you will want to include within your cycling compensation claim including reimbursement for damage to you bicycle, loss of earnings, recovery for your damaged clothing, helmet and other cycling equipment which may have been damaged.
It’s important to hold onto all the receipts and other paperwork so that your losses can be detailed and included within the claim together with these documents in support.
Don’t speak to the Defendant’s insurers – they will be on the charm offensive!
It’s not at all uncommon for the other side’s insurers to contact the injured party and try to persuade them to settle the claim at an early stage and even without a medical report.
Being realistic it’s fair to say that they won’t have your best interests at heart and all they will be interested in doing is settling your claim as quickly as they can and for as little as possible.
There is no substitute in seeking independent legal advice from a solicitor who specialises in bringing bicycle accident claims so that you can find out the true value of your claim and avoid being under compensated.
Remember if you do accept compensation for your Bicycle Accident claim then the rule is that your claim will brought to an end on a final basis and without any chance of further compensation. Dare we say this is what the Defendant’s insurers will be looking for.
What will it cost to make a Bicycle Accident Claim?
We are pleased to be able to offer you a ‘no win no fee’ agreement which means if you lose your Bicycle Accident claim, you won’t pay us penny. We guarantee that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will pay ABSOLUTELY NOTHING which means you can have real peace of mind.
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