Cycling is generally an enjoyable and safe way to commute, exercise and keep fit, or simply enjoy the fresh air. However, cyclists are very vulnerable on the roads and have little protection if involved in a collision. An accident with a car or other vehicle for instance can cause very serious injury and long term damage and financial loss.
The majority of cycle accidents are caused by third party driver error. The most common type of accident occurs when a driver turns left colliding with a cyclist or oncoming traffic turns right across the path of a cyclist. Roundabouts and other junctions are a cause of danger as motorists routinely fail to notice cyclists. Open manholes, potholes and unmarked obstacles on the road can present a danger to cyclists and can cause significant injury.
What to Do
If you have been involved in a collision with a vehicle while cycling then there are certain steps that should be taken:
- If you or anyone is injured, contact the emergency services immediately.
- Always contact the Gardai and request they attend the scene.
- Exchange details with the driver of the offending vehicle, including name and address.
- Take note of the vehicle registration number and insurance policy details.
- If there are witnesses, take full details to include home address and telephone numbers if possible.
- Take a note of road markings, stop signs, etc., and the weather and other conditions.
- Note the street name or location, date and time.
- If the Gardaí interview you at the scene simply explain the accident circumstances and furnish your personal details.
- Never admit liability for the accident at the scene. This is a matter for evidence and the circumstances should always be discussed with your solicitor first, even if you are requested to give a statement by the Gardai.
- If the Gardai do not attend the scene you should report the accident to the Gardai as soon as possible.
- Visit your G.P. or local hospital for a medical examination.
- Contact a solicitor for advice as soon as practicable.
Making a Claim*
Cyclists have the same rights and remedies as other road users. If you have sustained an injury or suffered financial loss such as damage to your bicycle, clothing or other items as a result of a road traffic collision or avoiding a collision or other hazard on the road then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
If you wish to discuss a potential claim or would like advice on any matter, please Contact Us for a consultation.
*in contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award of damages.