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Cycling tips: What to do after a bike crash

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Whether you cycle at speed on your daily commute or prefer a gentle ride at the weekend, many cyclists can end up on the tarmac.

Over 18,000 cyclists were injured on the roads in 2017, according to statistics from the Department for Transport, and those were just the incidents reported to police.

So, it is important to be safe and know what you are doing if you are involved in a collision.

We have spoken to Cycling UK to find out what you should do if you are in an incident.

1. Are you still in danger?

When toppled from your bicycle, your first priority must be to get yourself to a safe spot. If you cannot move out of harm’s way, then shout, wave or whistle to attract attention and help.

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If you have collided with another cyclist or pedestrian and they are unable to move, but you can, do your best to help them out of the way – unless they’re suffering from a suspected neck or back injury.

In that case, do not move them, but try and make them comfortable while watching out and diverting traffic if necessary.

2. Share details and independent witnesses

Unless you end up in a “hit and run” incident, a vehicle driver will generally stay around because it is a legal requirement for them to supply their details to you.

Make sure you get the registration number, make, model and colour of any vehicles involved immediately, perhaps by writing it on your hand or taking a picture with your phone.

You should also try and find independent witnesses.

If you are injured and struggling, and someone is sympathetic, then ask that Good Samaritan to collect contact details and ask the driver, cyclist, pedestrian or other potential witnesses not to leave.

If your collision has been with another cyclist or pedestrian, still record what you can and swap details.

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Members of cycling organisations, like Cycling UK, will often have access to third party insurance, and the exchange of accurate details can be essential should a claim need to be made.

3. Get emergency assistance

If there is a serious injury as a result of the collision, once everyone is safe, call 999 for an ambulance.

It is also usually worth informing the police about the incident too, as this call will be logged and can be very useful evidence – not just in your own individual case, but also for helping to present an accurate representation of the types of collisions happening in the UK.

4. Gather evidence

Photographs and sketch diagrams with measurements are vital.

If you have a camera, take as many shots as you can of the incident – number plates, drivers involved, and passers-by, even if you are lying on the ground.

Parked cars, kerbs, drains, painted lines, lamp posts to “fix” distance, skid marks and road scratchings can also be useful evidence.

Sign, date and put a time on your account, and keep it safe.

5. Treat injuries

If you are injured, consider getting a full hospital check-up and seek medical attention for any subsequent twinges.

There is the temptation to “soldier on”, but this can lead to it taking even longer to heal.

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6. Your mangled bike

Do not forget about potential compensation for your mangled bike, possessions and clothing.

Get good photographs of the damage and keep all receipts for any repairs.

If the cost is going to be above £100, get two quotes.

7. Legal help

In the worst-case scenario where there has been personal injury, you might need legal assistance.

Membership with a cycling organisation can help in this case, giving you free access to lawyers who are knowledgeable about cycling incidents.

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