What To Do If A Cyclist Is Hit By A Car


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Cycling, a popular mode of transport and exercise, carries inherent risks, particularly when sharing the road with motor vehicles. In the unfortunate event of an accident, it’s crucial to have a trusted partner to guide you through the aftermath.

As a reputable law firm with a strong track record in Victoria, our team at Carbone Lawyers specialises in road and transport accidents, including bicycle accidents. We operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, ensuring that everyone has access to justice. This guide provides a comprehensive roadmap for cyclists who have been hit by a car, from immediate actions to legal considerations.

Prioritise Safety And Immediate Medical Care

Your safety should be your primary concern following an accident. If possible and safe to do so, move yourself and your bicycle off the road. However, if your injuries are severe, it’s best to stay put and wait for medical assistance. Regardless of the apparent severity of your injuries, seek medical attention promptly. This step is vital for your health and provides a documented record of your injuries, which can be pivotal in any subsequent legal proceedings.

Gather Information From The Driver Involved In The Accident

Once your immediate safety and medical needs are addressed, gather information from the driver involved in the accident. This should include their full name, contact details, driver’s licence number, and insurance details. If there were passengers in the vehicle, their details could also be useful.

Gather Witness Information

Witnesses can provide an invaluable perspective in a bicycle accident case. If any bystanders witnessed the accident, try to secure their contact details. Their accounts can offer an impartial view of the incident, which may support your case later on.

Document The Accident Scene And Your Injuries

The aftermath of an accident, documenting the scene is of utmost importance. If you’re physically able, use your mobile phone to take photographs of the accident scene, your bicycle, the car involved, and any visible injuries. These visuals can serve as strong evidence should you decide to pursue a legal claim.

Reporting The Accident

In Victoria, it’s a legal requirement to report any motor vehicle-involved accidents to the police as soon as possible. The police report will be an integral document if you opt for legal action later.

Consult With A Lawyer After Being Hit By A Car (As A Cyclist)

Consulting with a lawyer, such as Carbone Lawyers, is highly recommended after being hit by a car as a cyclist. Our extensive experience in handling bicycle accident cases can guide you through the intricate legal process, help you comprehend your rights, and work towards the compensation you rightfully deserve. Our ‘no win, no fee’ policy ensures you’re not left out of pocket if your claim isn’t successful.

What If The Driver Flees The Scene After Hitting Me?

If the driver leaves the scene after hitting you, try to remember as many details about the vehicle and driver as possible. Report the hit-and-run to the police immediately, providing them with all the information you can recall. They can then use this information to locate the driver.

How Can Carbone Help?

Experiencing a cycling accident can be a traumatic event. However, with the right guidance and support from us at Carbone Lawyers, you can navigate the aftermath more effectively. Remember to prioritise your safety, seek medical attention, gather as much information as possible, document the scene and your injuries, report the accident, and seek legal advice.

For more information on road safety and accident reporting procedures, refer to the Victoria Road Safety Authority. If you need legal advice, don’t hesitate to contact us. We specialise in road and transport accidents, including bicycle accidents, and are here to help you navigate the legal landscape on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.

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