What To Do After A Crash
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Even if you equip yourself with safety gear and practice all the necessary precautions, bicycle accidents can and do still happen. During such a traumatic moment, you might find yourself completely disoriented and at a loss for what to do.
If you find yourself involved in a cycling crash or accident, here are some practical tips to remember:
Did you hit your head? Can you remember your name and the date? If you are with someone who crashes, these are important questions to ask. If you are alone and able to see and speak, please call for help and move out of the road if possible.
Call 911 And Request That A Police Officer Be Dispatched To The Scene Of The Crash
Once the paramedics arrive, please communicate as clearly as possible with the paramedics. Ask the responding police to write up a traffic collision report. If a police report is not filed, you may face difficulties in filing an insurance claim. Get the business card of the responding police officer for reference.
Get the following information from the driver, witnesses, and all parties involved: name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, car make and model, and insurance information. Never negotiate with the driver of the vehicle—no matter who may be at fault.
Use your phone to take photos of your injuries, your bike, and the scene of the crash. This way, you can show the pictures to your bike injury lawyer later. Put everything in writing: make notes as detailed as possible regarding date, time, place, how the crash occurred, and any information regarding your case. Draw a diagram of the positions of everyone involved in the crash.
Keep and photograph your clothing, gear, and any accessories you were wearing when during the crash. Do not wash them.
It is important to take photos of your bike before it is taken to a bike shop for an estimate of damages and/or repairs. If you need assistance in finding a reputable bike shop, our legal team can help you with trusted recommendations.
Have A Check-up With Your Doctor
Symptoms from injuries sustained in a crash may not show up immediately. Following up with your doctor after a crash provides a detailed record of your injuries that will assist your attorney in a personal injury claim.
Seek Legal Advice From A Cycling Lawyer
Call 1-877-BIKE LEGAL for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced and trusted bicycle accident attorneys, even if you only suffered minor injuries. We will help you determine the best options and protect your rights.