Steps to Follow After A Bicycle Accident
1. Get Medical Attention:
You and your health are more important than anything else. Always get medical attention after being injured in a bicycle accident. When in doubt, call an ambulance or go to an emergency department (ER) at a local hospital right away. Seemingly small injuries from a bike accident may be much worse than they appear.
2. Contact the Police:
Call 911 yourself if you can or ask someone to call 911. Complete a police report at the scene or go to the police station and complete a report. The police report is often a critical piece of evidence in a lawsuit from a bike accident.
3. Collect Information:
Get the name, address, phone number and license plate of the driver as well as the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. If you have a smartphone, use the camera on the phone to take pictures of driver’s licenses, insurance cards, or other key information.
4. Collect Evidence:
Get digital pictures of the scene, your bike, and your injuries. Keep a record of the medical treatment you received and your medical recovery as it progresses. Also keep copies of all medical bills and bills for bicycle repairs. If you miss work because of the accident, keep track of the number of days you missed from work.
5. Get Legal Advice:
Keating Law Offices provides free initial consultations with no obligation. There are never any attorneys’ fees unless we settle or win your case. Many cases from a bike crash can be resolved without ever going to court and can be resolved with an out-of-court settlement. It is important that you pursue your rights under the law. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, we are here to help.
Common Bicycle vs. Motor Vehicle Injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Concussions or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Paralysis or nerve damage
- Dislocated or fractured collarbone
- Broken or dislocated hand/wrist/arm
- Lacerations and bruises