As we’re now able to take unlimited exercise outdoors and many of us are opting to cycle either for leisure or to commute to work instead of using public transport, perhaps it’s not surprising that the number of cycling accidents has risen in lockdown.
According to data revealed by road.cc the number of cyclist deaths are more than twice the average for the time of year – for the month from 23rd March when lockdown began, 14 cyclists in Great Britain and 1 in Northern Ireland were killed in road traffic accidents. This compares to data from the Department for Transport that shows 49 recorded deaths of cyclists in Great Britain in March and April from 2015 to 2018, averaging a monthly average of 6.
While this could be a sudden spike rather than a long-term trend, as it is only based on one month, there may be reasons for the increase. Far more cyclists have taken to the roads since lockdown started and although traffic levels have been far lower there have been issues with speeding due to the quieter roads – and, of course, potholes still an issue.
So, what should you do if you have a bicycle accident?
Staying Safe On the Roads
Although roads are quieter than normal, it’s important to still take the necessary precautions when cycling in order to stay safe – there are still vehicles to be mindful of.
Furthermore, you should be aware there are more cyclists on the roads and ensure you keep a safe distance from one another.
What To Do If You Have A Cycling Accident
If you’re involved in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault and have been injured as a result, there are some steps you should take to ensure you can claim for compensation.
With a bicycle accident compensation claim, you need to show that the other person was at fault and it was their negligence that caused the accident and your injury. Your personal injury solicitor can help with this, determining exactly what happened before, during, and after your accident and providing evidence on who was at fault – and there are things you can do to assist your solicitor with making a case.
Seek Medical Help
Firstly, make sure you’re seen and checked by a doctor to make sure you’re okay following the accident. This is important to do even if you feel fine at the time – many cycling injuries affect your neck and back, which can take a day or so to be felt. Keep a record of all medical attention you have had and any medication you have taken.
Get the details of the other party involved in the accident, including their name, address, vehicle registration number and insurance details.
If possible, take photos of the accident safely and of other vehicles involved in the accident immediately – otherwise, return to the scene soon after to take pictures.
Tell The Police
Report your accident to the police so they have it on record. They will also be able to help you trace the other party if you have difficulties finding them based on the details you’ve been given.
Keep Track Of Costs
Any costs such as bike repair or replacement together with loss of earnings should be noted and you should keep all receipts as evidence.
How We Can Help You With A Bicycle Accident Claim
Our personal injury solicitors can help you if you’ve been hurt in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault and will work hard to establish it was the other party’s negligence that caused the accident – and ultimately, your injuries.
We are working as normal at the moment and continue to support our clients fully with each cycling accident claim – the only difference to our way of working is that we are currently working remotely from home rather than from the office.
We will still ensure we fully understand your situation and the details of your accident so we can provide you with tailored advice and support that means you have the best chance of making a successful claim for compensation.
To speak to one of our specialist solicitors about making a cycling accident claim, contact us on 0800 988 3674 or Telephone our Chester office on: 01244 405 399 or Wrexham on Tel: 01978 360056 oremail firstname.lastname@example.org