Cyclists and drivers have to share the roads. Occasionally, things go wrong, and a collision can happen. This is always more harmful to the cyclist than the driver. If you love to ride your bicycle, do you know your rights when it comes to accidental injury? Make sure you are prepared in case you ever find yourself hurt after a motor vehicle accident.
Get Medical Assistance
The first thing you should worry about is getting medical assistance. Call for help immediately. Your priority should be getting stabilised and treated. Doing this will also create a medical record that you may need to present in your case. Make sure all injuries and their effects on your health are documented by your Doctor.
Start Gathering Information
It’s important to start gathering information as soon as is reasonably possible. You will need to get the driver’s identification and registration number. Also, write down exactly what happened and gather any other documentation or evidence you can. Report the incident to the Police and get a reference number. Do not wait to do this. The longer you wait, the more you may forget, and the harder it will be to win your case.
What If the Driver Left the Scene?
Unfortunately, there are incidents where the vehicle driver left the scene. This may be intentional, or it may be because they don’t realise that they caused a cyclist to fall or crash.
When this happens, you may still be able to receive compensation. If you can prove that you had an accident and were injured, then the injuror will be the Nominal Defendant. This term refers to a statutory body that was formed to compensate victims of unidentified or uninsured drivers.
Contact Carew Lawyers today to learn more about your legal rights as an injured cyclist.