Steps to Take After a Bicycle AccidentNovember 25, 2016
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, knowing what to do is essential. Because injured cyclists are often in shock afterwards, it can be hard to know how to proceed and what to do first.
Below, you’ll learn about the steps to take after a bicycle accident to ensure that you are properly compensated for your injuries.
Step 1: Call the Police
Your first step after a bicycle accident is to call the police. Once the officer arrives, you’ll provide details about the accident that will go on the official report. Even if you are unsure whether your injuries are severe, call the police. If the driver of a vehicle was responsible for the accident, the police will be able to provide evidence supporting this later.
If you are severely injured, call an ambulance. Also, check to see if anyone else is injured so you can describe this to the dispatcher. If you are too severely injured to do this, it is the responsibility of the vehicle driver to call an ambulance and take these steps for you.
Step 2: Collect Important Information at the Scene
Prior to the police’s arrival, you can begin to gather information at the scene. Remember that the more detailed information you can provide, the stronger your claim will be.
Make sure to get the names and contact information of the other drivers, insurance information, names and contact information of the witnesses, vehicle information for the driver (including make, model, V.I.N. and license plate number). Also make note of the location, road conditions, weather conditions, and time of day.
If the driver of the vehicle that struck you seemed under the influence of drugs or alcohol, notify the officer of this. Don’t move the bicycle or vehicle unless they pose a hazard to other motorists. Also avoid signing any documents or talking about the situation with anyone other than the police. Finally, take photos and videos if possible.
Step 3: Answering Questions
When you talk with the police and insurance agents after the accident, don’t admit fault, but answer all questions honestly so they can document the circumstances of your bicycle accident accurately. The police report will be a key piece of evidence in the case, so do everything you can to cooperate.
You should call your insurance company immediately after the accident. Give them the facts about the accident and no more.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Bicycle accidents are sudden and can be very scary. They can also result in serious injuries. By seeking legal advice after your accident, you’ll learn how strong the case is, how much compensation you may be entitled to, and what your rights are.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, book a free consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer and learn more about your rights.
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