Bicycle Accident Checklist
If you are involved in any type of traffic accident, it is important to know how to proceed to protect your rights and assure a better outcome for yourself and your loved ones. Our recommendations for someone injured in a bicycle accident are as follows:
1. Seek medical care for anyone who is injured.
If you or anyone else is seriously injured, call 911 immediately.
2. Gather information.
Be sure to get the name, addresses and phone numbers of all people involved in the accident. Write down the license plate number and make and model of each car involved in the accident as well as the driver’s license number, insurance company and policy number for everyone involved.
3. Identify witnesses.
It is important to identify any potential witnesses in the area who may have witnessed the accident and obtain their contact information. This information may make prove critical down the line.
4. Take pictures, and document the scene.
Take photos of the accident scene, visible injuries and vehicle damage. Record the details of the accident while they are fresh in your memory. Draw a diagram to recreate the scene.
5. See to it that a police report is filed.
Contact the police and file a report even if you believe no one has been injured. Take note of the name and badge number of the officer who assists you.
6. Seek medical treatment.
If you know ow or suspect that you were injured, it is extremely important that you see a medical provider immediately. Waiting to see a doctor may jeopardize your claim, as insurance companies will frequently rely on any gap in time between the accident and the date of first medical treatment in denying claims or making low settlement offers.
7. Preserve evidence.
Preserve all equipment involved in the crash, including your bicycle, helmet and clothing. Do not throw out or repair any damaged property.
8. Contact a personal injury attorney.
Once you have secured all the necessary information, documented the scene, and sought medical treatment, you should immediately contact a personal injury lawyer to advise you on the next steps to take given your accident circumstances. Do not speak with any insurance company representative until after speaking with an attorney.
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The sooner you contact an experienced attorney, the sooner the attorney can begin to talk to witnesses and gather the physical evidence that will be necessary for your case. Call 888-309-1224 or send a quick message to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at The Brandi Law Firm.