Steps to Take If you Have Been in a Cycling Accident
If you are a cyclist, you will know more than anybody how busy the roads can be. Unfortunately, when you are on a bike, you have to be extra vigilant for traffic to ensure your safety. Indeed, over the last 10 years, Ireland has seen the highest rate of cyclist deaths in the EU.
If you have been in a cycling accident on the road, we can help you through the process. You may be entitled to compensation if the accident was not your fault. So, let’s explore the steps you should take if you have been involved in an accident while cycling.
Prioritise Medical Treatment
Right after an accident, you can be very shaken. Always take your time to process what has happened and to seek medical treatment if you need it. Making a compensation claim* is going to be the last thing on your mind. Ensure that you prioritise your health first.
For example, even if you do not have any obvious injuries, it is recommended to make an appointment with your doctor. They are going to offer you peace of mind and ensure that the shock is not hiding any injuries you have.
Gather Details at the Scene
Do your best to take note of all relevant information regarding the incident. For example, make sure that you have details of the drive that was at fault for the collision. You should try to get their personal details, as well as the vehicle registration number and their insurance company.
For evidence later on, take photos of the scene, as well as the damage to the car and your bike. This is going to build your case and give a picture of what has happened to your solicitor.
Visit Your Local Station
If there has been a serious accident, the Gardaí will usually attend the scene. However, if it is a minor accident on the road, you will have to make a report yourself.
You can do this by visiting your local station. You will have to go into detail about what happened and you can make a statement. If the Gardaí do attend, they are going to go through this process for you to help have it reported.
Record Your Expenses
You may have a lot of expenses that you have had to pay out after the accident. It is recommended that you keep a note of them. You may be able to reclaim the money during a compensation claim. Thus, keep copies of any bills or medical reports that you have.
Seek a Solicitor
After the accident, you may have medical bills and damage to your bike that needs repair. However, why should you have to pay these bills when the accident was not your fault? Perhaps it is time to look for a personal injury solicitor that deals with bicycle accident claims*.
This can allow you to receive compensation for an accident on the road that was not your fault. A solicitor can use their expertise and experience to help you submit a claim to the Injuries Board. This is going to give you the best chance of having a successful claim.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage of any award or settlement.