4 Things You Should Do After a Bike Crash
Being involved in an accident with a car as a bicyclist can be very scary. Your injuries may be severe in this type of accident. Nonetheless, it is important to try your best to stay calm. The minutes or even hours after your accident at the scene of the crash can be vital to your legal claim. You should keep the following things on your “to do” list after a bike crash.
Keep in mind that the below suggestions may only occur in minor crashes. If you have severe injuries you need to address with emergency medical attention, you should always do that first. Your California bicycle accident lawyer will help you gather evidence after your accident if you are unable to do so because of medical reasons.
- Wait for the police to arrive on the scene.
If someone else does not call the police after this type of accident, you should. It is a good idea even if you don’t think you have any serious injuries. Having a police report can be very helpful for your case, even when you are on a bike. The police will get the driver’s information, talk to any witnesses, and set out who he or she thinks was at fault for the collision. They may even give the driver a citation of some kind.
Some drivers will try to talk cyclists out of calling the police because the crash “isn’t that bad,” or they promise to pay for your medical issues without involving an insurance company. Don’t fall for these tricks!
Be sure to also talk to the police officer yourself to give your version of the events. Some officers make the mistake of only talking to the driver and not the cyclist. Be sure that your story is told in the police report as well.
- Get information about the driver and document the scene.
Get as much information as you can about the driver. This includes getting a photo of the car’s license plate number. Note the make and model of the vehicle, and take pictures of any damage to the car. You may also want to get photos of where the accident occurred as well.
Get the driver’s name and contact information. Ask about their insurance carrier too. They should want your information, and you should share that with them. Keep in mind, however, that you should not talk to a claims adjuster after this type of accident without speaking with a California bicycle accident lawyer first.
- Record details of the event.
Your memory will fade over time, so it is a good idea to make a record of what happened just before and just after the collision. What were you doing just before the crash? Where were you going? What direction were you going? Did the driver say anything about why the accident occurred? Write down anything you can think of about the crash itself and the surrounding circumstances. This information will likely be helpful later.
- Call a California bicycle accident lawyer.
Getting an attorney involved right away is a good idea. Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today to learn how our team can help. We offer free consultations to discuss your potential case.
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