When bicycles and cars are involved in accidents, the results can be tragic. If you are involved in a bicycle accident, it’s a stressful time, but you should try and remain calm. There are some important steps you can take after your bicycle accident that can help your claim.
Call the Police
It is always important to wait until the police arrive so that they can document the accident. Even if you think you are not seriously injured, a report should still be filed. Make sure to get information about the responding police officer and the number of the police report. In some cases, the police may ticket the driver, which can be very helpful for your case.
Gather Information About the Driver and Witnesses
Get contact and insurance information from the driver that hit you. In addition, you should also see if there were any eyewitnesses to the accident and gather their contact information as well. Eyewitness accounts can be crucial to your claim.
If you can, take out your phone and take pictures. Pictures of the scene of the accident, the vehicle involved, your bicycle, and any injuries can be very important evidence. Take as many pictures as you can and document every aspect of the scene.
Leave your bike and other equipment as is to be used as evidence later. Don’t attempt to fix anything or have anything inspected. Don’t wash your clothing. Make sure you don’t send your bike, helmet, or other equipment to anyone other than your attorney.
Get Medical Attention
One of the most important things you can do after your bicycle accident is to seek medical attention. Even if you don’t feel like you were injured, there are some injuries that can present themselves later. Don’t ignore delayed injury symptoms, and make sure your injuries are properly documented.
Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. For over 25 years, Gregg Goldfarb has been helping accident victims. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.