What Should I Do after a Bicycle Accident?
Every accident victim has two obligations if they want to receive compensation—prove someone else is to blame for the accident and establish the full extent of their injuries. For those reasons, remember to do the following:
- Call the police to come out if you were struck by a car or other moving vehicle. The police can issue a police report, which helps establish when and where the accident occurred.
- Obtain the name and contact information for any witnesses to the accident. These people can testify as to how the accident unfolded and who was to blame.
- Get the driver’s name and insurance information.
- Never admit fault to the other party. For example, it is very natural to say, “I’m sorry,” even if you are not to blame for the crash. Instead, wait patiently for the police to arrive and keep your words to a minimum. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
- Preserve your bicycle, even if it is wrecked. The bicycle can contain important clues about the accident and your injuries.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, if possible. For example, take a picture using your smartphone of where the vehicle and your bicycle ended up. If you are too injured, ask a bystander to take pictures.
Most importantly, hire an experienced bicycle accident lawyer who can help you fully document the accident and how you are suffering.