The steps you take after a bicycle accident involving a motorist can make a major difference in the amount of compensation you’re able obtain for your injuries and the damage to your bike. Your actions can also have an impact on the outcome of a lawsuit against the negligent driver, should you decide to file one.
If you enjoy cycling, knowing what to do in the immediate aftermath of an injury accident is clearly important. Here, the experienced bicycle accident attorneys at William R. Rawlings & Associates explain how to protect your rights.
Wait for the Police to Arrive
You may not think you’re injured or that your bike has been damaged, but don’t leave the accident scene until after the police have taken a report. Injuries can manifest later on, and you might find that your bike does have issues — and you need to make sure that your version of events is documented in the police report.
Obtain Driver and Witness Information
If possible, get the motorist’s name, address, phone number, insurance information, driver’s license number and license plate number. Take down the names and contact information of any witnesses to the bicycle accident as well. All of this may be in the police report, but there’s always a chance that something could be left out.
Thoroughly Document the Accident
Take mental notes on when, where and how the bicycle accident occurred and on the road, traffic and weather conditions at the time of the crash. Jot the details down as soon as you can, and while you’re at the accident scene, snap photos to show the area, your bicycle and the position of everyone involved.
Immediately Seek Medical Attention
Regardless of how you feel right after a bicycle accident, get medical attention right away. The fact that you saw a doctor is proof that you were injured, and your medical records will illustrate the extent of your injuries. This documentation can be crucial to obtaining fair compensation.
Get Advice from an Experienced Attorney
Don’t negotiate with the driver or their insurance company, as anything you say could be used against you later on. Instead, consult with a personal injury attorney with experience handling bicycle accident cases. A lawyer can provide you with advice on how to proceed, help you deal with the insurance adjuster and, if necessary, represent you in a lawsuit against the negligent motorist.
For expert legal guidance in Utah, California or Idaho, turn to the professional team at William R. Rawlings & Associates. Our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience helping accident victims, and many are avid cyclists – so we understand both the law and the dangers associated with cycling.
We routinely handle accident claims for injured cyclists, and you can count on our highly skilled personal injury attorneys to fight hard for every dollar you deserve. If you’ve been in a bicycle accident, contact our office and schedule a free consultation today.