Bicycle accidents can be extremely stressful and result in serious injuries. Because bicyclists do not have the same protection as a car, it is likely that you’ve been injured as the result of your bicycle accident. If that is the case, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to preserve your claim, you should take some important steps after your accident.
Seek Medical Treatment
The most important thing you should do after a bicycle accident is to seek medical treatment. If you’ve been struck by a motor vehicle, you have likely suffered a serious injury. You may need to be transported to the hospital. But even if you feel like you haven’t been seriously injured, you should still seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Some injuries don’t present themselves until hours or even days later.
Contact the Police
The negligent driver may try to convince you that it is not necessary, but it is always important to call the police after an accident if you can. The police will document as much as they can about the circumstances and the scene. Try and make sure to get your version of what happened in the police report. Get the name of any officer who responds and a copy of the report number.
Take pictures of the scene, including any injuries, damage to the car, damage to your bicycle, and any street signs or road conditions. Gather the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Get the insurance and contact information for the driver of the vehicle.
Hold onto Evidence
If your clothing has been torn or your helmet has been damaged, it is important to hold on to these items. If you hire an attorney, they may want to see them in person rather than just pictures of them.
Do Not Talk to the Insurance Company
The driver’s insurance company may try to contact you to get your version of events. Do not speak to them if you plan to hire an attorney. The insurance company may try to use your statements against you. Let an attorney communicate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Consult with an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you should consult with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can help you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation.