There has been a significant increase in the number of cyclists on the roads in recent years. Whether you are an experienced cyclist or you are putting on the lycra for the first time, it is worth taking a few minutes to read our guide on what to do if you are involved in a collision with a vehicle whilst on your bike.
1. Make sure you are safe
If you have been knocked off your bike, it is vital that you remember to avoid further collisions by getting off the road if you are able.
2. Are you in need of medical attention?
You will need to call 999 if you require immediate assistance. Even if you are only slightly hurt, don’t try to ride on. Get someone to pick you up. You don’t know if your bike has hidden damage or if you have any injuries that could be made worse by continuing on. It is worth getting seen by your doctor for a check-up as injuries can take a few hours or days to emerge.
3. Exchange details
It is important that you collect important information about the vehicle that caused the collision. Get the name, address, contact number and most importantly the registration number of the vehicle.
4. Record important information
Remember to make some notes of street names, collision points, vehicle locations and direction of travel. If you are carrying a mobile, take some pictures to record the scene and damage to your bike. This can be used as evidence. If there are any witnesses, get them to write down their evidence and keep these notes. Get their contact details too. If you are filming your journey remember to back-up your film.
5. Check your bike
Book your bike in for a check-up at your local bike shop, tell them it’s been involved in a collision and ask for a full report of the work required and the cost of any replacement parts or damage.
For example most bikes are now made with carbon fibre frames and sometimes stress cracks are not visible unless checked by a professional. Also if your helmet is damaged from the impact, it is advisable to replace it.
6. Call JMK Solicitors
If you require assistance or advice after a collision, please get in touch and we will be able to guide you through the claims process.