In the event of an incident the CTC Crash Kit app will help you to be prepared for any legal action. The app allows you to record all necessary information about the incident, including: witness contact details; third party contact and vehicle details; weather conditions; photos of the scene; equipment damage; injury details; and the time, date and location via GPS.
You can then send the report directly to CTC’s solicitors Slater & Gordon Lawyers. The app is free to download and can also be used to record incidents you have witnessed but were not involved in.
Paul Kitson, claimant personal injury specialist at Slater & Gordon Lawyers, said “The crash kit is a valuable tool for a cyclist who has been involved in a crash. It captures key information and will minimise the risk of essential evidence getting lost.”
The app has been developed in conjunction with CTC’s Road Justice campaign, which aims to make the roads safer by urging the justice system to take a tougher approach to bad driving. CTC is campaigning for improvements to roads policing including thorough investigations of all road traffic collisions involving injury and death; better charging and prosecution decisions; and sentences that reflect the severity of an offence and discourage bad driving.
The app has already been reviewed by the New Law Journal which said this type of reporting system will provide solicitors with “fresher and more structured information than may otherwise be the case.” This will, in turn, assist cyclists in getting access to compensation and justice if they are able to provide robust and accurate evidence.
Stories of cycling collisions and near misses can be reported on the campaign website (at www.roadjustice.org.uk/report). With the permission of the reporter, these stories may be used in future campaign publications to exemplify the shortcomings of the justice system’s response to bad driving.