Many serious injuries and fatalities result each from bicycle accidents—especially those involving cars.
From a legal perspective, here’s what you should do if you are in a bike accident:
Seek Help Immediately
You should first get out of the dangerous area. Then, assess your possible injuries. Get people’s attention so that they can help if you are hurt. You also should try to obtain witnesses.
Even if you have not been seriously injured, you should seek medical attention. You will want to have a record of the incident in case your injury becomes a problem at a later time.
Call the Police
You or someone at the scene should call the police so that there is an official record of the accident. The police can gauge the situation with the driver and may even give him or her a ticket. This is important because a driver could be helpful at first, but then later deny responsibility. You will want to have an official record of what happened with your statements.
Although it seems like a good idea, do not work things out with the driver alone. Figuring out who is at fault is very complicated and you do not want to say anything that will incriminate you.
Get Contact Information
This is a simple but easily over-looked step, especially with witnesses. Make sure you know how to contact the police officer, driver, and any potential witnesses.
Also, when communicating with the driver, you should obtain their insurance information.
Take Notes and Photographs
In order to preserve evidence, you should take notes as to your experience immediately. Memory can fade easily, so this is important in establishing your case. Additionally, photographs are helpful in refreshing your memory and establishing facts. Keep in mind that you may wish to bring a personal injury claim.
Should I Consult An Attorney after a Bicycle Accident?
Determining liability in accidents is complex and many times both parties are partially to blame. A personal injury lawyer can help explain the law and protect your rights so that you can recover damages for you injury or protect yourself from liability.