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Cycling accidents are common and can be severe due to the lack of protection a bicycle offers. When they do occur, it's vital to gather the appropriate evidence for a successful personal injury claim. Doing so can help you to pursue compensation and get the support you need to make a recovery from your injuries.
In the UK, personal injury claims often hinge on proving negligence - that is, showing that another party acted carelessly or irresponsibly, leading to your accident. The types of compensation you may be entitled to can include medical costs, loss of earnings and emotional distress.
In the following blog post, the cycling accident claims experts at Ramsdens explain the essential steps for collecting evidence if you find yourself involved in a cycling accident, and what else you may be able to do.
Below, we explain the different types of evidence you can collect to support your claim, some of which you will need to gather yourself. However, you should not attempt to take legal action without the support of an expert, as doing so can lead to costly mistakes in a complicated process. The support of a professional solicitor - such as those at Ramsdens - is invaluable following a cycling accident that was not your fault. Your solicitor will be able to guide you through most of the points covered in this guide to avoid mistakes and navigate the process with ease.
Evidence for cycling accidents takes various forms, and different types of evidence can benefit your claim in different ways.
Keep all the evidence you've collected organised. Establish a timeline of events, and maintain a folder - physical or digital - that contains all photographs, witness statements and other important documents. This will be invaluable when you're building your case.
Your first thoughts should revolve around your immediate wellbeing rather than the potential legal implications. However, once you are able, the value of gathering evidence quickly cannot be overstated, and gathering some initial evidence immediately following your accident will benefit you later if you decide to make a cycling accident claim.
If you are seriously concerned for your health, you may be able to get someone you trust to gather this initial evidence for you.
Collecting evidence is just the first step in making a personal injury claim. Our team of specialists can help guide you through the complexities of the legal system. If you're facing challenges in gathering evidence or have questions about the process, contact the specialist personal injury team at Ramsdens Solicitors.
We offer free legal advice on your first consultation. For help seeking cycling accident compensation, simply call us today on 01484 821 500, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out an online contact form and we'll be in touch at a time suitable for you.