Bicycling is a great way to keep fit and in shape. It is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint if you use your bike to commute to work. Then there is the fact that bicycling can be great fun.
But then bicycling accidents also do happen, unfortunately. This is a contingency that you have to plan for, because cycling accidents can, and do have grave consequences. The consequences of an injury can be far-reaching – you can suffer great physical pain and mental distress; you could be forced to stay away from work for an extended period.
So if you get injured while cycling here is what you should do in order to get proper compensation:
Make mental notes of exactly what happened
If you have been unfortunate enough to be in a cycling accident, try to commit to memory exactly what happened (the sequence of events). Where did the other vehicle come from, what was its position relative to yours?
Also examine yourself to see what injuries you have sustained. Then when you receive medical attention, make sure you collect and preserve all relevant bills, prescriptions, hospital and other medical records.
Get the all the information about the other party involved; their contact information, insurance information and so on. If anyone else was present who witnessed the accident get their contact information as well.
Wait till the police arrive
Rather than negotiating with the other person involved, you should wait for the police to arrive. Let the police survey the situation and document everything in their report. You can assist them by telling them exactly what happened. It could be that the other person involved in the accident may be fined or ticketed and this will be useful information to include in the police report. If the bystander witness is still around, you can ask them to help as well.
Get professional advice
You could get up to 100% compensation for the loss or injury you sustain in a bicycle accident, if you take the right steps after the incident. Contacting a professional can be useful. They can guide you so that you can file an accident claim and follow the correct procedure to get the best outcome.
Contact a professional to see what you are legally and rightfully entitled to. You can get help getting financial redress for your physical injuries, mental trauma as well as the losses to your cycle and other equipment.