Many types of unforeseen crashes can happen while riding a bicycle. Perhaps the most frightening is colliding with a pedestrian, another bike, or even an automobile. If any of the aforementioned should occur the next time you are out for a bike ride, there are 5 important things you should do.
1. Assess the Damage
- get up off the ground;
- speak to the other parties involved; or
- call the police, you should make sure your injuries aren’t severe.
If you feel shooting pain anywhere in your body, don’t attempt to move. You could potentially make your injuries worse. If your injuries are minor, you should still be aware of any aches and pains in your body and seek medical attention as soon as you can.
2. Call the Police
If you end up seeking the help of a bicycle accident attorney, you will need an official accident report written by a police officer. When you speak to the officer, make sure you are as detailed as possible. This will ensure the judge and jury have an accurate picture of what happened should your case go to court.
3. Collect Evidence
Use your phone to take pictures of the scene of the accident.
Make sure you take pictures of:
- the damage done to all vehicles;
- the damage done to your person;
- the damage done to their person or passengers; and
- the street the accident took place.
Speaking with any witnesses to the accident is another great way to collect information. Make sure these witnesses speak with the officer on the scene so their account can go on the official record.
4. Exchange Information
You should speak with all other parties in the accident and exchange all important information.
This information includes:
- name, address, and phone number;
- insurance information;
- vehicle license number; and
- driver’s license number.
If you are too injured to move and can’t collect this information yourself, ask a bystander or witness to assist you.
5. NEVER Admit Fault
The one thing you should never do when speaking to the other party is admit fault of any kind. Even if you think you may be partially at fault, do not say anything about it. Even something as simple as an apology can be used against you during an insurance claim or court case. If the other party’s insurance company calls you, don’t speak to them. Let your attorney handle all communication with the insurance company and parties.
Contact Eliot Reiner, APLC
If you have recently been involved in a bicycle accident, our attorney can help you work toward compensation. We perform a thorough investigation of the entire accident so we can best represent you.
Contact our firm online or call us at (916) 778-3228 for your legal consultation.