Cycling traffic has increased almost every year since 2008 in Britain, making the issue of cycling safety more pertinent than ever.
It is a tragic truth that with increased traffic comes an increased number of accidents. In 2016, 18,477 cyclists were injured in road accidents, 3,499 of which died or suffered serious injuries.
That’s why it's critical to know what to do in the case of a cycling accident. Here are some of the things that you should bear in mind going forward.
While accidents are sometimes unavoidable, it’s best to be prepared and reduce their chances as much as possible. Knowing what to do when one happens can also decrease your anxiety towards them. Headcams and dashcams are also a worthwhile investment for helping to figure out who is at fault.
It will be hard in the moment, but try to remain calm in the face of an accident. Collect your evidence, be civil to everyone involved, and feel secure in your claim for the legal system to do its job.
Unfortunately, many accidents go unreported as cyclists are ok enough to walk away simply. However, they may have been entitled to compensation if their bike is damaged or if they find out they did sustain injuries.