Cyclists need to shift up a gear in knowing what to do should they have an accident that isn’t their fault according to National Accident Helpline.
The organisation is urging cyclists across the UK to follow the correct procedures following accidents and has produced a list of simple steps to follow.
Cycle traffic has risen almost every year since 2008 with over three million cycles sold in 2016.* In line with this, the number of cycling accidents has increased with 18,477 cyclists injured in reported road accidents, including 3,499 who were killed or seriously injured. The figures show a rise of five per cent from 2015.
Around 7% of the population aged 5+ cycled three or more times a week in 2016. Across Great Britain, this equates to approximately 4.2 million people aged 5+.**
Managing Director, Simon Trott, of National Accident Helpline stated: “The number of cyclists has increased significantly in the last twenty years and official statistics suggest that over 3.2 billion miles are cycled on roads in the UK every year. Despite many safety campaigns almost 3,500 cyclists were still killed or seriously injured in 2016. As a keen cyclist myself, this is a worryingly high number.
“Involvement in an accident can often result in life-changing injuries for cyclists. Not only can it result in being forced to lead a less active lifestyle but can also mean victims are entirely dependent on family members because of problems associated with the injuries sustained.
National Accident Helpline has produced the following list of crucial steps to take following an accident that isn’t the fault of the cyclist:
1) Gather up Vital Evidence
Gather as much evidence as possible. This can include details of any witnesses; the identity of who caused the crash (get the registration number of the driver’s vehicle and if possible the colour, make and model) as well as driver contact details including insurance particulars; any photographic evidence; always report the incident to the police so as to obtain a reference number, and if possible request any CCTV footage that may have captured the incident.
2) Keep hold of damaged property
Don’t get rid of a bike or any equipment damaged in the accident. It’s evidence and can avoid any future doubt over the value of the property prior to the accident.
3) Think before accepting an early settlement offer
Think carefully before accepting a low, early settlement offer from the other party’s insurer. Always obtain legal advice before accepting an offer in settlement of any claim.
4) Seek medical attention for injuries
Always seek medical attention for injuries however minor.
5) Keep a list of expenses
A list of expenses can all be submitted as part of a claim.
6) Make the call
Call National Accident Helpline for a free consultation on 0800 456 1053 or make an online claim:
For more information visit https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/what-to-do-if-youre-a-cyclist-in-a-road-traffic-accident
* Source: European Bicycle Market & Industry Profile
**Source: National Travel Survey (NTS 0313).
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