Road Bicycle Accident Checklist

If you’ve been involved in an accident on your bike then you’ll understand it can be difficult to know what to do. Here, we’ve put together a handy little checklist to help you make sure you do everything you should when you’ve been involved an accident.

Cycle SOS – 7 Steps To A Successful Claim Following An Accident:

  • img-1Remain calm and polite

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    Mark the location of the impact & photograph evidence

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    Obtain names and addresses of any witnesses

  • img-1Report the injury to the police

  • img-1Even if the accident is damage only, driver of vehicle is required to provide information

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    Note registration number of the vehicle

img-1Keep the cycle in its damaged state


Try to remain calm and polite; you will control the situation more easily if you keep your temper and the emergency services, particularly the police, will be more prepared to listen to you.

Try to identify the precise location where the impact occurred and mark it. Sketch or photograph the location, road surface and damaged vehicles/cycles, noting skid or other marks and debris on the road. Photograph injuries, too.

Obtain names and addresses of any witnesses.

Any injury accident must be reported to the police as soon as possible and at the latest within 24-hours. The driver must produce his insurance certificate to anyone who reasonably requires it (that includes the injured party or their representatives) and to the police within seven days.

Even if the accident is damage only (no injury) Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 requires the driver of the vehicle to provide their own name and address and, if different, the name and address of the registered keeper of the vehicle. If this information is not forthcoming as soon as reasonably practical or within a maximum 24-hour period, it becomes compulsory to report the accident to the police.

Note the registration numbers of the vehicles involved and identify the driver.

It is important to keep the cycle in its damaged state so that it can be properly assessed.

Get Medically Examined

After an accident people often feel fine – until a few hours later – maybe in the early hours of the next morning when their sleep is disturbed by aches and pains, especially in the back and neck. If you have any doubts, don’t delay; make an appointment to see your GP immediately.

If you have taken a knock on the head, go to casualty immediately. Even minor head injuries can lead to symptoms such as headaches, vomiting, unsteadiness, doziness and forgetfulness, which may be indicative of a serious condition.

Our experienced solicitors will discuss the incident with you, advise you on your rights, the responsibilities and obligations of other road users, the duties of the highway authorities and discuss the appropriate action to take.

At all stages of the investigation we will keep you in the frame and answer any questions you may have. Remember, our trained teams are not only lawyers experienced in accident and investigation; they are also keen cyclists; fellow enthusiasts who can advise on the best way forward.


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