Bicycle Accidents have grown in number over the past few years, as more people are choosing this as a method to commute. If you are riding a bicycle and have an accident with a vehicle, the actions you take at the accident scene and immediately after the crash is critical. The actions you take after the accident has occurred can have a significant impact on the extent you can recover from your injuries and the damage to your bicycle.
The first thing you should do is call the police. You should wait at the accident scene so the police can take and file a police report. This is a crucial step to take, even if you do not believe you have been injured. Many cyclists do not realize they have been injured until several hours after the accident took place. Even minor injuries can later develop into serious long-term problems.
You should also make sure you get your version of the events into the accident report. Many times, the police will take a statement from the driver of the vehicle and not even bother to discuss the accident with the cyclist. When giving your report, make sure to indicate all injuries sustained, no matter how major or minor.
One of the best things you can do if you are the victim of a bicycle accident is to seek professional advice. Many bike related accidents involve complex issues that require the help of a professional. It is wise to consult a personal injury attorney who has a good understanding of bike accident cases.
If you have been the victim of a bicycle accident and would like to speak with a plaintiff attorney, contact us to schedule an appointment or consultation.