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What if You Are Knocked Over as a Cyclist

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 27 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
What If You Are Knocked Over As A Cyclist

With our move towards a greener, healthier environment there are an increasing number of cyclists being injured on the road. Road accidents and cyclists can be a dangerous mix with cyclists being extremely vulnerable on the road due to having little or no protection.

If you cycle regularly, it’s extremely important to educate yourself on what to do should you be knocked over on your bike and suffer an injury.

Driver Error and Cyclists

In many cases where a road accident has occurred involving a cyclist, often driver error comes into play. Many drivers simply fail to see the cyclist or give them enough space to manoeuvre and this causes problems. Many drivers view cyclists as an irritant on the road and therefore they’re anxious to get past them and be on their way.

In some cases, a relatively straight forward manoeuvre can lead to accidents and even tipping a cyclists slightly with your car can lead to them taking a tumble. This is by no means to say that drivers are the only culprits in accidents involving bike riders. Some of the most common cyclist offences are trying to get ahead of the traffic by jumping the lights or even riding onto the pavement in order to avoid slowing down.

Also, many cyclists are known for ‘weaving’ – riding in and out of the traffic to avoid jams. This kind of driving can make it more difficult for drivers to spot you and of course this heightens the chances of an accident occurring. Even if you use cycle paths and are a considerate, safe cyclist, there are always going to be risks involved in cycling, so always be aware of your surroundings.

What to do if You’re Knocked Over and Suffer an Injury

If you’re knocked off your bike by a vehicle, the most important thing to do is to try to stay calm. The vehicle driver may genuinely not have seen you or could have encountered problems with their car. Stay calm, try to check yourself over to see how badly you’re injured and if you do feel you’ve been seriously injured, stay in the one spot.

If you’re suffered a serious injury then someone will hopefully call an ambulance immediately and in most cases the driver will stop to check on you. Try not to move around too much and try to convey to someone in the vicinity what you feel your injuries may be.

You should always report the incident to the police within 24 hours if you are injured. You are legally bound to do so and failing to do so could lead to problems further down the line. Also, try to get as much information about the other individual involved as possible. You may need this should there be a claim at a later date.

Claims You Can Make as a Cyclist

If you are involved in an accident with another driver who is at fault, you may be able to make a claim against them. You can often claim for your bike or any repairs needed to it. You can also claim for replacement of any belongings that were damaged at the scene of the accident – bike helmet, clothing, jewellery.

Many specialist claims solicitors will be able to get you a claim for loss of use of your cycle also, especially if it’s your main mode of transport to and from work. If you’ve been injured in the accident, you can claim for personal injury compensation also, so it’s worthwhile speaking to an expert to see if they’re able to help you.

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Ali44 - Your Question:
I was on my cycling lane, and a car in front of me was driving a bit hesitantly so I decided to pass. Then without a blinker turned right in front of me. I fell off! Then got up I was fine though I had a strong pain in my left heel. Few days later I had to go at the hospital and my heel is broken! I can't work for days. I got the drivers number, is it to late to ask for compensation.?

Our Response:
Check with a solicitor about time. Did you report it to the police? That's the important part really. We can't really say whether a claim would be successful as we don't have both parties' versions of events.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 28-Jun-17 @ 2:39 PM
I was on my cycling lane, and a car in front of me was driving a bit hesitantly so I decided to pass... Then without a blinker turned right in front of me... I fell off! Then got up I was fine though I had a strong pain in my left heel... Few days later I had to go at the hospital and my heel is broken! I can't work for days. I got the drivers number, is it to late to ask for compensation.?
Ali44 - 27-Jun-17 @ 4:40 PM
Hi, I was driving out of a driveway wanting to turn right. There was a bit of traffic in front who were all going left. A truck stopped to let me through so that I could turn right. I looked left and it was clear when a bicycle Passed the truck on the right and we had a collision. My question is...surely the bicycle should have stopped behind the truck and not carry on cycling as he was stopping to let me through! There was no way I could have seen the bike. Also, the cyclist was in the middle of the road and not on the left side of the road where I would have clearly seen it?
Chris - 7-Apr-17 @ 2:08 PM
I clipped the back of a cyclist at a junction whilst looking right for any oncoming traffic. The cyclists bike has now has bad damage to the rear wheel and frame. The cyclist is unharmed. They took my name, number and car registration then they left. I called the police and reported the incident. What will happen now?
Nathy2389 - 5-Oct-16 @ 11:35 PM
Rab - Your Question:
I was stationary at a roundabout, a black Audi behind me. A friend I was with saw her looking at the traffic coming from the right, and did not look ahead, to me, clearly not paying attention to other road users. Just as I pulled away the driver clipped my rear wheel knocking me over and smashed the rear end of the bike, I managed to get up which saved me from getting hit by other cars coming through the filter. The driver initially offered to pay for damages to my bike but now her husband says 'contact my solicitor'. My bike, clothing and phone are all damaged.What should I do?

Our Response:
Did she report it to the police? If not, you do it. You haven't said whether it's a push bike or motorbike but if the latter, then your insurer should follow it up. If not, then you could file a claim for damages via the courts.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 17-Aug-16 @ 9:58 AM
I was stationary at a roundabout, a black Audi behind me. A friend I was with saw her looking at the traffic coming from the right, and did not look ahead, to me, clearly not paying attention to other road users. Just as I pulled away the driver clipped my rear wheel knocking me over and smashed the rear end of the bike, I managed to get up which saved me from getting hit by other cars coming through the filter. The driver initially offered to pay for damages to my bike but now her husband says 'contact my solicitor'. My bike, clothing and phone are all damaged. What should I do?
Rab - 16-Aug-16 @ 5:59 AM
Beaker - Your Question:
I had a head on collision with a large saloon car today as they crossed onto my side of the road to pull into a petrol station. I was on a slight decline and I was travelling at 30mph. I hit the car and was flipped over the bonnet and travelled down the road on my head (wear a helmet people as it saved my noggin). Luckily the impact unclipped my shoes and I detached from the bike but I have suffered cuts and bruises all over and my neck, back, throat, chest and one of my calf muscles is starting to become painful and ache after the event. The driver accepted responsibility and there were several witnesses includong the garage staff. Unfortunately the cctv missed it. I am not the type of person to go for all this injury claim rubbish but my gear is shot and the geometry of the bike is all out. The forks are bent and the saddle twisted? What do I do? Do I claim for injury and my bike? ps I know I was doing 30mph as the app on my phone shows the dead stop from 30 to 0.

Our Response:
You can make a claim for the your bike and equipment from the driver's insurance which will save you taking it to court.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 5-Aug-16 @ 2:29 PM
I had a head on collision with a large saloon car today as they crossed onto my side of the road to pull into a petrol station. I was on a slight decline and i was travelling at 30mph. I hit the car and was flipped over the bonnet and travelled down the road on my head (wear a helmet people as it saved my noggin). Luckily the impact unclipped my shoes and i detached from the bike but i have suffered cuts and bruises all over and my neck, back, throat, chest and one of my calf muscles is starting to become painful and ache after the event. The driver accepted responsibility and there were several witnesses includong the garage staff. Unfortunately the cctv missed it. I am not the type of person to go for all this injury claim rubbish but my gear is shot and the geometry of the bike is all out. The forks are bent and the saddle twisted? What do I do? Do I claim for injury and my bike? ps I know i was doing 30mph as the app on my phone shows the dead stop from 30 to 0.
Beaker - 4-Aug-16 @ 10:17 PM
Ann - Your Question:
I have the drivers details, I didn't take any witness details, but I could find them, and I don't have bike insurance, but I do have contents insurance for my house. He hit me from behind and the police are looking at charging him with driving with undue care and attention. Any advice would be gratefully received.

Our Response:
It might be worth simply getting the bike repaired or purcahsing a new bike and then sending the bill to the van driver. Call your home insurers to find out if your bike is covered - they may do it all for you. We hope the police manage to charge/convict him successfully. |You may need to take legal advice for any additional compensation for injury etc.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 9-Jun-16 @ 2:01 PM
I have the drivers details, I didn't take any witness details, but I could find them, and I don't have bike insurance, but I do have contents insurance for my house. He hit me from behind and the police are looking at charging him with driving with undue care and attention. Any advice would be gratefully received.
Ann - 8-Jun-16 @ 2:57 PM
Ann - Your Question:
Today I was cycling on the road into work and there was no cycle lane. A driver in a medium size white van did not give me enough room going around, and knocked me off. My back wheel was ripped off my bike and thrown to the opposite side of the road, luckily I landed in a grassed area. I was taken to hospital but I do not have any broken bones, just badly bruised, particularly on my sternum making it difficult to move. The police have been contacted but I'm unsure what to do now? I would be grateful for any advice.

Our Response:
Do you have the driver's details? Any witnesses? Do you have any bicycle insurance etc? Sorry we don't have enough information to comment, but if the other party was at fault you should receive payment for the damage to your bike. The injury, you may have to claim for under a separated legal action.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 8-Jun-16 @ 2:40 PM
Today I was cycling on the road into work and there was no cycle lane. A driver in a medium size white van did not give me enough room going around, and knocked me off. My back wheel was ripped off my bike and thrown to the opposite side of the road, luckily I landed in a grassed area. I was taken to hospital but I do not have any broken bones, just badly bruised, particularly on my sternum making it difficult to move. The police have been contacted but I'm unsure what to do now? I would be grateful for any advice.
Ann - 7-Jun-16 @ 3:54 PM
I'm a taxi driver , working one Friday night about 11pm I approached a T junction looked both ways , edged out and a cyclist with no lights on front or rear collided with me on drivers side front wheel area, I spoke with the cyclist to see if they were OK which they confirmed they were, after chatting for a few minutes we parted company, a few weeks later a policeman knocks my door telling me I damaged their front wheel , what am I supposed to do now offer a new wheel ? There are small scratches on my car who pays for them ? I would appreciate any advice on this matter, thank you in advance
Daz - 31-May-16 @ 10:57 PM
Lan - Your Question:
I was pulling off from traffic lights and indicating to turn left at the lights. I started to turn when a cyclist tried to undertake me at speed and hit my car on the offside near the wing mirror. I immediately stopped to see if he was alright. He appeared uninjured with only a few scratches on his bike. There is a cycle lane on the left but I didn't see him and my passenger didn't see him either so he must have been approaching at speed. We went to a safe spot and swapped numbers. What are my rights if he claims damage to his bike? Is it his responsibility to report it to the police if he is injured. Is there anything else I should have done or do I wait to see if he contacts me?

Our Response:
You should report the incident to the police even though he appeared uninjured to you. If you turned across a cycle lane, there's a high chance you will be held responsible, but we cannot say for sure as we don't have all the facts.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 25-May-16 @ 11:50 AM
I was pulling off from traffic lights and indicating to turn left at the lights. I started to turn when a cyclist tried to undertake me at speed and hit my car on the offside near the wing mirror. I immediately stopped to see if he was alright. He appeared uninjured with only a few scratches on his bike. There is a cycle lane on the left but I didn't see him and my passenger didn't see him either so he must have been approaching at speed. We went to a safe spot and swapped numbers. What are my rights if he claims damage to his bike? Is it his responsibility to report it to the police if he is injured. Is there anything else I should have done or do I wait to see if he contacts me?
Lan - 24-May-16 @ 5:48 PM
Today I had a collision with a cyclist, I came out of my turning to turn right I looked to my right and no cars or anyone was there i then pulled out onto the road I then looked right again to double check I went to go when I saw a cyclist speeding down the road instead of going behind my car he then went to the far right of the lane as if he was going to go in front of my car when I saw him moving towards the front (I was stationary in the middle of the road)I did not want to move the car as it would of causes him more damaged if I moved, he then crashed into my car and started swearing I got out to see if he was ok and got abuse from him I then got in my car turned my car around st a road about to come back, police statements have been made and iav E contacted my insurance but I was wondering what he could possible do, or what is the worst that could happen?
Clo - 10-May-16 @ 2:06 PM
Sarwar - Your Question:
My dad normally drops me off to school as the my college is really far. Today morning my dad drops me in this specific spot. I opened the door (I was in the back seat) and out of know where a person riding a bicycle just hits the door. I was quite scared becuase this never happened to me before. My dad parked the car and we both were talking to the women. She was quite angry (can't blame her) and asked for my phone number and my dads name as well as my dad's number plate (can't be good). She did have small cut on her hand and that's about it. It was a one way road and the road is so narrow it's literally 20cm away the pavement. I think she was within that small pathway and I didn't see her.I am quite scared to be honest becuase I have a strong feeling she will try sue my dad. What is going to happen and how much can she sue us for. I'm sorry I don't know how compensation works I'm only 17 studying biology @=.

Our Response:
She would normally have to make a legal claim for compensation and the courts would look at all sides of the story. If she was cycling on the pavement or undertaking then, there's a chance she would have to take the blame but we really can't say as we don't know all the facts. You dad can probably ask his insurance company for some advice on this.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 15-Dec-15 @ 10:53 AM
My dad normally drops me off to school as the my college is really far. Today morning my dad drops mein this specific spot. I opened the door (I was in the back seat) and out of know where a person ridinga bicycle just hits the door. I was quite scared becuase this never happened to me before. My dad parked the car and we both were talking to the women. She was quite angry (can't blame her) and asked for my phone number and my dads name as well as my dad's number plate (can't be good). She did have small cut on her hand and that's about it. It was a one way road and the road is so narrow it's literally 20cm away the pavement. I think she was within that small pathway and I didn't see her. I am quite scared to be honest becuase I have a strong feeling she will try sue my dad. What is going to happen and how much can she sue us for. I'm sorry I don't know how compensation works I'm only 17 studying biology @=.
Sarwar - 14-Dec-15 @ 4:08 PM
@Steve. Was the bike insured? If so, your insurance company will follow it up for you. If not, have you tried sending an estimate for the replacement/repair of the bicycle directly to the driver? If you include your bank details you may find they pay - since they've admitted liability. The police can still record details of the accident for you to make a claim.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 22-Sep-14 @ 12:21 PM
My son has been knocked off his bike by a French driver (left hand drive vehicle) who turned right at a junction across the path of my son giving him no chance to avoid a collision (approx. speed 25mph). This was in broad day-light, dry conditions and on a clear, straight main road. Fortunately no he suffered no serious injuries but the bike is a write-off. The driver has admitted responsibility and passed on his details. Unfortunately the Police don't want to follow this up because there are no witnesses! Surely this is dangerous driving or without due care and attention? How do I go about claiming the cost of a replacement bike (over £700) and other costs incurred in attending the hospital and Police station as well as now having to drive to work rather than cycle?
Steve - 19-Sep-14 @ 10:52 AM
My 15 year old son was clipped by a taxi while coming off the pavement on his bicycle, While the right hand bike handlebar was not damaged, my son suffered pain to his right wrist and right arm. The police were called to the scene but found that no crime had been committed and left taking no statements or opening a case. The Taxi company is now trying to sue me for damages to his taxi door in the form of a large, long scratch in the paint. I fail to understand how this is possible as my sons bike is not damaged so how could it scratch the paint. I think the taxi was damaged previously and they are using scare tactics to make me fix old damage. I've not received any threatening letters but the insurance broker keeps calling my son demanding payment or court action. Could you please advise me of my rights and what I should do?
Robbie - 13-Aug-14 @ 10:04 PM
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