If a driver of a motor vehicle is injured, or their vehicle has been damaged in an accident on the roads, they are protected by the insurance companies.
A Cyclist, on the other hand, may rarely receive the same legal protection & may often be left to fend for themselves, following an accident on the road that has left them with an injury & in need of medical attention/treatment.
In cases where another party may have been responsible for your accident & resulting injuries, you may be eligible to make a bicycle claim.
Compensation that is awarded in such cases could help you to cover the cost of medical fees & repairs to your bike, as well as any potential loss of earnings from time spent out of work.
What to do if involved in a bicycle accident
1. Seek Medical Attention
Your health is your wealth and should be your first priority. Immediately after a bicycle accident take a second to assess yourself to determine if you have any injuries. You must remember that minor injuries where you ‘feel fine’ could progress into a more serious injury in the future. It is advisable that you go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) or local GP to be checked out.
2. Report the incident to the Gardaí and wait for them to arrive
Reporting the incident to the Gardaí should be your next port of call. Depending on the seriousness of the accident, they Gardaí may not attend the scene. In cases where they don’t, it will be up to you to record the details of the accident and then you must go to your local Garda station as soon as possible after the accident to make a statement and report the accident.
3. Get your version of events recorded
In order to make a details statement to the Gardaí about the accident, you must take the time to record the details of the incident.
take pictures of any injuries you sustained in the accident
take pictures of the scene of the incident
obtain the detail of the other person involved in the accident such as; full name, phone number, email address, address, and vehicle registration number (in cases of car/bicycle accidents).
If there were any witnesses to the event ask them if you can take their contact details (Name, phone number, email address) and their consent to use them as a witness to the accident if needed in the future.
If there are any CCTV recordings of the accident, like a camera nearby shop, for example, ask for a recording of the footage.
4. Seek Advice from a Solicitor
Many accidents between bikes and cars involve complex legalities that a professional might be able to best advise you on how to. While there are routes that a person can take themselves if processing with an accident or personal injury claim *, there are some hurdles along the way that may delay your case – a solicitor will be aware of these hurdles and overcome them quickly for you. Remember, there is a certain amount of time you have to move forward with a claim before it is too late. These legal time limits are referred to as the statute of limitations.
Based in Dublin, Ireland, with 30 years’ experience Tracey Solicitors are specialists in Personal Injury Law. Serving clients from Ireland and Abroad our team of personal injury solicitors will guide you on all aspects of accident compensation claims.
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