What to do After Getting in a Bicycle Accident
Getting in a bicycle accident is something no one wants to go through. Besides the physical pain and trauma and the emotional stress, dealing with a lawsuit that will likely ensue adds another component to everything. If you ever end up in this situation, we want you to be prepared. Knowing what to do immediately after a bicycle accident is crucial to having a quicker recovery and a smoother case if the injuries sustained are severe enough. Here are 5 steps to take after a bicycle accident:
- Evaluate how you feel: Right before and after you are hit by another vehicle or object while you are on a bike, your adrenaline is racing. This can make you falsely believe that you are not really hurt. Take a few minutes to calm down and do an initial evaluation on your pain/injuries. If you are injured and think you need a hospital make sure you call an ambulance or have the other driver call.
- Stay at the Scene: Do not leave the accident scene. Ever. Both for the at-fault and not at fault parties.
- Call the Police: Make sure the police are called so an accident report can be written and insurance information can be exchanged. Make sure you tell the police exactly what happened to you as the injured party.
- Take Pictures: Make sure you have pictures of the accident scene and of your initial injuries. This will come to be important for both when you call your insurance and make a claim on the at-fault’s insurance and your personal injury case.
- Call an Attorney: Mike Hancock has handled many bicycle injury cases and will get you the compensation you deserve. In addition, Mike knows many highly qualified doctors to refer you to, so you can get the best care for your injuries. Call us at 813.915.1110