Safety is of utmost importance when riding a bicycle. However, accidents can occur no matter how careful you are, whether they are due to road hazards or vehicle collisions. Knowing what to do in the aftermath of a bicycle accident will improve your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries. Here are three key steps to remember:
1) Gather evidence at the scene. Take as many photos and videos of the accident scene as possible, including any damage to your bicycle. If you are badly injured, ask someone else to help you take photos. Document what happened with detailed notes while the accident is still fresh in your mind. For example, include weather and road conditions, as well as when and where the accident happened. If a motorist was involved, obtain their name, address, phone number, driver’s license number and insurance information. Write down contact details of all witnesses.
2) Seek medical treatment for injuries. Bicycle accidents can result in many types of injuries that range from cuts and scrapes to broken bones. Even individuals with minor injuries should consult a doctor immediately. Hold on to all injury-related documentation including medical bills as they will be essential to building a strong bicycle accident claim later.
3) Contact a personal injury attorney. Do not communicate directly with insurance companies without consulting a personal injury attorney as anything you say could be used against you later. Experienced bicycle accident attorneys can advise you about the legal issues involved in your case, negotiate with insurance companies and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Briskman Briskman & Greenberg offers free consultations.