Important steps to take if you were involved in a Bicycle Accident
If you take the right steps after being involved in a bicycle accident you can dramatically impact the outcome of your potential case. Being involved in an accident with a car or truck can be traumatic and dramatically impact your life for years to come. But, by making smart decisions soon after the accident you can positively affect the outcome of your case.
What to do if you’re involved in a bicycle accident
The majority of bicycle accidents occur when a motorist is inattentive and doesn’t see bicyclists on the road. If you are involved in a bike accident follow these steps:
Get yourself to safety.
If you can move after the accident, move out of traffic and away from further danger. This can mean the difference between an accident resulting in an injury and one ending in a fatality.
Check yourself for injury. Call 911 and wait for emergency services.
Wait for the police.
Be sure to get a police report of the accident, as this is one of the most useful documents that your accident attorney can use when they prosecute your claim. Have your side of the story documented in the police report. Your first impressions of the event will hold the most weight and you may capture small details that would be forgotten later on. What’s more, police can be a valuable mediator between yourself and the other involved party. Unless you are getting the necessary medical attention, wait for the police to arrive.
Get the other party’s information.
Be sure to get:
- The license plate number
- The driver’s contact info
- The driver’s insurance info
Collect and witness information.
Try to get the contact info of any witnesses and ask them to speak with the appropriate authorities.
Take notes and pictures.
Document as much as you can of the accident, your bike, your injuries and any other relevant details. As soon as you can, write down what you remember of the accident and the events leading up to the event.
Be seen by your doctor.
Have your doctor evaluate the extent of your injuries. Often your pain level will increase within a day or two of the accident.
Keep records of any medical treatment.
This includes your injuries, the medical care you receive, any emergency care, ambulance transport, and subsequent hospitalization, rehabilitation, medication or suffering that you experience after the accident. This can also extend to missed work, family stress, debilitation, or other similar issues.
Preserve physical evidence.
Do not wash the clothes you wore during the accident, take photos of everything if you can, and leave your bike unrepaired so that you can give your accident attorney and any other expert access to that evidence.
Get a bicycle accident attorney.
You want to be sure that you have a legal team on your side as you go up against insurance companies. Don’t do yourself a disservice and let the insurance companies flex their legal muscle. A good bicycle accident attorney will lead you step-by-step through the legal process, giving you the time and space to focus on recovery.
Whose fault is it if a bicycle hits a car?
Despite seeming obvious, it is not always the case that the driver will be at fault. Cyclists who fail to follow the rules of the road are biking while distracted, fail to yield the right of way or lacks required safety equipment may be found at fault.
This is why it is so important to get a good bicycle accident lawyer in case you are involved in the accident. You want to be sure that you have all the help you can get to prove your case.
Cars have to take reasonable care, especially while driving near a bike lane or when children are obviously present, such as near a school or park.
Bicycles are subject to the same rules of the road, but it is important to remember that motorists need to share the road with cyclists. Cyclists are also more likely to be injured from an accident.
Have further questions?
If you have any questions, or if you have been involved in a bicycle accident, reach out to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Shirvanian Law Firm for a compassionate approach to your case. If you live in the Glendale area call the Shirvanian and Law Firm 818-835-5396 to schedule a consultation today.