Hi all,

This is my first post so thanks for reading, felt like I needed some support from somewhere! I apologise in advance for my grammar, I have a head full of codeine and have slept about 3 hours the last 2 evenings.

I'm 24, a fairly keen cyclist, around 70 - 100 miles a week so far this year (17-20mph ave), and have been building to do a century for a few months now. So while doing the last 3 miles off my first 50 mile ride last week, I was hit from behind by an impatient driver, on a country road (I wont say where just in case of prying eyes).

(been advised to remove this from internet)

He was arrested that evening, around an hour later for being suspected of driving whilst unfit, and also for fleeing the scene off an accident and careless driving. The individual was held over night in custody and interviewed the next day at lunch time.

Im really badly shaken, aching from hitting the road, pissed off that my beloved caad8 is ruined, and most off all, raging that I still havent broken 50 on strava!

Im just wondering if anyone else has had a simliar experience? Or how I should be dealing with this? I have spoken to my solicitor, he is pretty good and hopefull to get me back on the road with an up front payment from the other drivers insurance.


IngloriousLou [146 posts] 4 years ago

Glad you weren't seriously hurt.

His insurance will pay up for your bike and any other losses such as damaged clothing, helmet, lights etc.

If you have injuries you can also make a personal injury claim, your solicitor should know exactly what to do.

I was recently knocked off my bike by a driver not looking right when turning right and the process of claiming against her insurance, while slow, has been simple.

Peowpeowpeowlasers [604 posts] 4 years ago

If it's any consolation, he'll almost certainly be banned from driving for 12 months, and his insurance company will compensate you. Don't be stingy with the claim either - anything that was damaged, get it replaced. And claim for any injuries, no matter how slight. Just don't claim for anything that isn't damaged, because that's fraud.

Incidents like this are rare, so don't worry too much. You'll probably ride for another 50 years and not encounter anything like this again.

jacknorell [996 posts] 4 years ago

Sorry to hear that happened, horrible.

It's rare though, so should be the only time.

For a PI claim, Slater & Gordon I know work with some cycling organisations, so have experience of this type of claims. No, I don't work for them!

Good luck, hope you heal up quick and get back out there in the glorious summer!