Important Steps to Take After a Bicycle Accident
Being involved in a bicycle accident with a vehicle is a traumatic experience. Both parties will be in a state of shock, which is why it is important to remain calm and take the necessary steps so that you are compensated for damages and injuries.
Of course, your first step should be to call for medical attention if necessary. It is also imperative to call the police so that they can witness the results of the accident firsthand and write up a professional report.
Do not make negotiations with the driver. Most drivers are scared at first and will say that the accident was all their fault only to deny any fault once they have had time to think about the financial aspect of the situation. Instead, ask for their contact information including their name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, and insurance information. In case the driver gives you false contact information, be sure to note their vehicle license plate number.
Share all pertinent information with the police immediately following the accident so that everything is fresh in your mind. The police will also talk with the other party involved to get their side of the story. Make sure that, as a cyclist, your version of the car accident is given the attention it deserves in the report. Report any and all injuries, and any damage to your bike.
If possible, take pictures of your bike and the area where the accident happened. This will give you more leverage for receiving fair compensation. Fortunately, many of today’s cyclists carry cell phones on them, which offer a convenient way to take pictures at the scene of the accident. Do not fix or alter your bicycle in any way until your accident claim has been settled.
If any witnesses are on the scene, ask them for their information as well. While the police will file a report, it is important not to assume that they will include all of the information needed to help your case. If you are injured and cannot document information on your own, ask for assistance from a bystander.
Visit your doctor right away so that injuries can be documented. In many cases, cyclists are unaware of injuries until physical problems arise after the accident. Be sure to document any aches, pains, or other physical problems that you notice after the accident.
To get the most out of your claim, seek professional advice. A personal injury attorney will have the experience necessary to help you take the most effective steps in getting the compensation owed to you.