According to Australian Automobile Association (AAA), the number of cyclist fatalities in Australia has actually doubled over the last three years.
When going out for your regular bike ride, the last thing you expect is to be involved in an accident. But cyclists are especially vulnerable on the roads, and it does happen.
What if I’m involved in a bicycle accident?
First, you should be aware that you may be eligible for entitlements, such as reimbursement of medical costs, income payments, or a lump-sum compensation.
Examples of circumstances under which you may be due compensation are: if you’re car-doored, hit by a driver who didn’t give way, hurt while attempting to avoid an accident, run into a parked vehicle during inclement weather or collide with another bike.
What should I do at the scene of a bicycle accident?
To begin with, do a head-to-toe assessment of yourself for injuries, and if you require medical assistance, call 000 immediately.
In case you need to take legal action, it’s important to note down the following details:
- Names and contact details of the drivers, riders, pedestrians, and witnesses involved.
Photographs can help enormously in determining who was at fault, so take photos of:
- The area of the accident (including signage, traffic lights, road/path obstructions);
- The impact on the bikes, cars and other property, from various angles; and
- Injuries sustained by drivers, riders and pedestrians.
Should I report the bicycle accident to police?
Yes, the Police must be called.
If police are called, be sure to get three things: the name of the responding officer, the officer’s police station, and a report number.
What if I’m injured in a bicycle accident?
A bicycle accident can occur for many reasons – distracted pedestrians, careless riders, and negligent drivers, to name a few.
Regardless of who or what is at fault, remember that you have rights!
Your entitlements will depend on the particular circumstances, so it’s important to seek legal advice – but you should do so as soon as possible, as there are time limits to accessing entitlements.
Contact one of our experts today for an obligation free consultation. We will clearly explain your legal options to you.