No one wants to think about being involved in an accident. But it is better to be aware of what to do next than to panic further. It is also worth knowing just in case you are ever witness to a bike accident.
The first step is to remove yourself from the danger. If you have fallen in the road then it is important that, if you can, you get to a safe place as quickly as possible. If this is not possible then you will want to make yourself as visible as you can. The traffic around you may fail to stop, in which case you may need to shout for help to ask someone to halt the oncoming cars.
Call for medical attention. If you are unable to do this then ask someone to do it for you. Even if you think that you are OK it is worth seeking medical attention. If you decide to make a claim for an injury such as whiplash then you will need to provide proof that you have sought medical attention first.
Look out for witnesses. Having a witness is key if you decide to file bicycle accident claims. Try and catch people before they move on. Ask for their contact details or a business card and explain that you may require their help in the future. Witness statements are an essential part of the court and police process.
Swap details with the other person or persons involved in the accident. Take down insurance details, names and addresses and vehicle registration details.
Retain copies of absolutely everything. Any witness statements, ambulance or doctors reports, police reports and any names and addresses you manage to take. They may all be of help in your claim.
Time to file for bicycle accident claims.Your bike may need replacing and you will probably have medical bills or care that needs paying for. Claiming compensation will help you to get back what you need. Keep receipts of any prescriptions, transport to and from appointments and any personal items that have been damaged. Your phone, your bike, anything that you had on you on the day of the accident. Speak with a good bike solicitor who will understand exactly what is needed. Ask your doctor for detailed notes which your bike solicitor can use in your claim.
And remember two important things, don’t ride away from the accident. If you do, and you are injured, then the police won’t take you seriously. Also, try your best not to get angry. This could act against you. As much as you will feel angry, frustrated and probably in pain, getting mad won’t help your case. Keep your cool, try to think rationally and make sure that you follow these steps. Filing bicycle accident claims is not difficult, speak with a bike solicitor today to find out more.
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Sarah Mcarthy is a writer for Carry on Cycling. You can find her on Google Plus here.