A bicycle accident can cause serious injuries especially when a vehicle is involved. What you do in the moments after the accident is crucial to your ability to seek fair compensation for your injuries. Here are a few quick tips to ensure you have the best chance of recovering compensation for your injuries and bike damage.
If you are injured, it is natural to call 911 immediately. However, many times after an accident, bicyclists will feel an immediate rush of adrenaline that often masks pain and injuries. Unfortunately, this may lead riders to believe they are fine and allow the vehicle driver to leave the scene. In the event that your pain flares up a 1/2 mile down the road or later in the evening when you have calmed down, you have no way of contacting the driver if you did not take any action at the scene. Always call the police to report an accident. This ensures there is a legal record of who was involved in the accident and what occurred.
Never discuss who is at fault at the scene of the accident. There is simply no reason to enter into this discussion. The only information you should exchange with the driver of the vehicle is contact information. All other information should bereserved for the police to include in their official report.
Your health should always be the first priority. After a bicycle accident, it’s important to always seek medical attention. Adrenaline can mask serious injuries. Receiving prompt medical attention can prevent more serious injuries from developing.
If you have been in a bicycle accident, contact us. Our experienced attorneys understand the seriousness of bicycle accidents and will work with you to ensure you and your family recover fair and adequate compensation.