I’ve been knocked off my bike, what should i do next?

The rush of the wind, the burn of the legs, the chance to travel through some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes – it’s no wonder cycling is one of the world’s most popular sports, with over 10.2 million (1) of us in the UK riding regularly. But if there comes an occasion where that fateful thing happens, when I’ve been knocked off my bike? Well, what should I do next?

Legal Advice on what to do after you've been knocked off your bicycle

However thrilling it may be, cycling can also become dangerous and lead to not only having to replace expensive gear, but sometimes serious injury and even death. Even some of the most talented champion cyclists have been caught out in a split second. Whether you’re the next Armstrong or you just cycle on your daily commute, it’s important that you know what to do next if you find yourself knocked off your bike.

 

What to do if you’ve been knocked off your bike:

When you’ve been knocked off your bike – whether you feel okay at the time or not – there are a few things that you should do immediately following the accident. You should:

  1. Move to a safe position if you are physically able to.
  2. Call the police and an ambulance if you are injured, in shock or if you think the other party involved is giving you false contact details. If you are not physically able to call yourself, alert passersby that you need their help to do so.

When police arrive, stay calm and give them your side of the story. Write down the name of the officer and ask for the police case reference number.

  1. Even if you have a very minor injury, go to hospital or see your GP as soon as possible.
  2. Take pictures of your injuries at their worst to show the full extent of the accident.
  3. If you are able to, get the contact details of any witnesses to the accident.

If you were knocked off your bike through the fault of someone else, you may want to look into receiving legal advice on how to be compensated for any losses you may have incurred because of it. This is the next stage:

 

Can I make a claim after being knocked off my bike?

Being knocked off your bike can mean many things – damages to your bike and gear, injuries that prevent you from working and earning a wage as well as specialist medical care and/or rehabilitation for a long time or for the rest of your life. Many cyclists actually believe that the have fewer rights than other road users when it comes to accidents when in reality, this isn’t true.

The Highway Code categorises cyclists as “vulnerable road users”, with recent case law drawing specific attention to the welfare of cyclists and the conduct of car drivers when they are around you to prevent accidents.

If you are an injured cyclist in a road traffic accident or you have been knocked off your bike at the fault of someone else, it’s important that you access specialist support from an experienced and approachable legal professional who has helped other cyclists in a similar position as you, straight away.

Here at Birchall Blackburn Law, we are proud of the bespoke services that we can offer victims of serious cycling accidents through our resourceful Serious & Catastrophic Injury Department. Our team approach your case with the utmost sensitivity and knowledge to ensure you receive the care you deserve.

By seeking legal advice, you may be entitled to receive:

–    Bike repair and cycle gear replacement

–    Swift private rehabilitation, with costs claimed back as part of your damages settlement

–    Interim payments to cover lost wages if you’re off work due to your accident

Your legal specialist will be able to outline any possible compensation such as these after they have assessed your circumstance.  

All you need to do is pick up the phone and call us for initial free advice with a member of our injury team on 0800 614 722. If you need any more information on cycling accidents and what to do next, you might want to take a look here for more expert advice.

 

How dangerous even is cycling?

According to Cycling UK: “in general, cycling in Britain is a relatively safe activity” (2). However, the number of cyclists in the UK is increasing at a rapid pace and cyclists still remain among the most vulnerable road users.

According to the Department for Transport:

  • More than a third of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads are those travelling by bike (either bicycle or motorcycle). [3]
  • More than 100 bike riders are injured every day in needless, preventable crashes. [4]

So generally, cycling can be dangerous, especially if you cycle along roads with other motorists and when you cycle frequently. As with any other sport; cycling must be entered into with sensibility and some skill.

 

What are the most common ways cyclists fall of their bikes?

The most common ways that cycling accidents usually occur is by colliding with an object, a hazard on the road, a pedestrian, vehicle or even another cyclist.

Although there are many ways that you can be knocked off your bike, not every circumstance will mean you could be entitled to compensation.

 

What are the most common injuries cyclists suffer after being knocked off their bike?

Injuries can range from minor grazes and muscle strains, to more serious life-changing injuries that can change the cyclists’ life forever.

Below are some of the more severe injuries that can occur when someone is knocked off their bike:

  • Head trauma and concussions
  • Neurological damage
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Disc bulge or ruptured disc
  • Bone fractures or breaks

Of course, every cycling accident is different, so it’s really important to seek professional help in any way you might need it, to be able to reach the support that you need, when you need it most.

We’re proud to support this year’s Road Safety Week by Brake, taking place 19th – 25th November with the theme of Bike Smart. The campaign will raise awareness on the importance of protecting those on bikes and encouraging everyone to be safe and smart.

 


 

  1. Cycling UK. How many people cycle and how often? https://www.cyclinguk.org/resources/cycling-uk-cycling-statistics#How%20many%20people%20cycle%20and%20how%20often
  2. Cycling UK. How risky is cycling? https://www.cyclinguk.org/resources/cycling-uk-cycling-statistics#How%20many%20people%20cycle%20and%20how%20often
  3. Reported road casualties Great Britain: 2016, Department for Transport, 2017
  4. Reported road casualties Great Britain: 2016, Department for Transport, 2017