Vehicle-bicycle collisions

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Every year in Manitoba, an average of four cyclists are killed and 78 are injured in collisions.

In nearly 90 per cent of cases where cyclists were killed in a collision with a vehicle, the cyclist was not wearing a helmet. While there are many causes of motor vehicle-bicycle collisions, claim reports suggest that fault is often shared between drivers and cyclists. To avoid collisions, all road users should continually scan the surroundings and be aware of what’s going on around them.

What to do

If you’re a cyclist involved in a collision, you can download an accident report form from our website. It will help you know what details to obtain from the scene. Remember that your well-being and safety is the highest priority. If you’re involved in a collision while on your bike:

  1. Attend to any immediate injuries or concerns and then when safe, move out of the way of traffic.
  2. Exchange information. Provide your name, phone number, address and type of bike. Ask the driver to provide their name, licence number, policy number, phone number, address, vehicle type, plate number and name of vehicle owner.
  3. Document the details of the accident: where, when and how it happened, plus any damages and injuries.
  4. Gather names and phone numbers of any witnesses.

Since bicycles are not insured through Manitoba Public Insurance, cyclists who are found responsible for a collision could be held liable for damages caused to a vehicle. Under such a scenario, you would also be responsible for any damages to your own bicycle.

Bodily injury claims for those involved in collisions with a motor vehicle are covered through the Personal Injury Protection Plan.

To open a claim or for any other claim inquires, contact our Contact Centre:

In Winnipeg: 204-985-7000
Outside Winnipeg (toll-free): 1-800-665-2410
Deaf Access TTY/TDD: 204-985-8832

Book a community presentation

To book a cycling safety presentation for your community group, school or business, please visit our Road Safety Community Presentations page for more information. (Currently, only virtual presentations are available due to COVID-19.)