What to do after a bicycle crash | Romanucci & Blandin
What to do after a Bicycle Accident
If you were involved in a bicycle accident with a vehicle, it is very important how you handle the situation. If you are able, you need to call the police immediately, or get someone who is able to do so. Even if you do not appear to be injured, you need to call, since many bicycle accident injury symptoms do not appear right away. Your injuries may be much more significant that you initially realize. You must not leave the scene of the accident until the police have reached the scene.
It is very likely that the other driver will apologize and tell you it was their fault initially, but later deny that they were even involved in the accident. Do not negotiate with the driver; wait for the police to come and document the events in their report.
Get your Statement into the Accident Report
There are times when only the motorist has their statement taken by the police, and the bicyclist does not give an official statement. You need to speak up and make sure that your version of what happened gets into that police report, including any injuries. If the police officer does not want to include your account in their report, the report can be amended at a later time.
It is important to get as much information as possible from the vehicle driver, including their name, address, phone number, license plate number, driver’s license number and insurance information. If there are witnesses to the accident, write down their contact information as well. If you are too injured to take down this information, try to find someone else at the scene who can do it for you.
As soon as you are able, write down as many details of the accident as you can. You should include where it happened, what exactly happened, weather and traffic conditions.
Detail Your Injuries
Whatever the extent of your injuries, you need to get medical attention immediately. Seeking medical attention will help to prove that you were injured during the accident and you will have medical records that document it. Try to take photos of your injuries as well.
Maintain any Evidence
Do not have your bike fixed after the accident until you have sought out an experienced attorney. Do not wash your clothing and do not send your bike or any other damaged equipment to get fixed until your attorney advises you to do so.
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