What to Do if You are Injured While Riding Your Bicycle
Cyclists are vulnerable road users, and sometimes no amount of safety precautions can account for a reckless driver, poor road surface conditions, or faulty equipment. We have vast experience in recovering the maximum compensation for cyclists who may have been knocked off their bike or hit by a car.
With a long history of success against insurers our personal injury lawyers have experience with bicycle accident claims of all kinds. When cyclists are involved in accidents, injuries can range from cuts and bruises to broken bones, as well as serious head and spinal trauma.
We use all our experience and knowledge to recover the maximum possible compensation and provide the best possible service to get you back on the saddle.
What Steps to Take After a Bicycle Accident
If you are riding your bike, and are involved in a collision with a vehicle, there are certain steps you need to follow to help protect yourself, as well as your ability to recover compensation when you file a lawsuit.
Step 1: Seek Medical Attention
You should never wait to seek medical help if you are hit while on your bicycle. The fact is, this type of accident can result in serious injuries that may not be apparent right away. Additionally, if you have plans to file a lawsuit in the future, the documentation from the medical staff will prove to be beneficial.
Step 2: Be Sure You are Safe
If you were hit in an area where there is a lot of traffic, then you need to make sure you move to a safe location. If you are unable to move, then ask people to make sure vehicles see you until help can arrive. You don’t want to make the situation worse by involving another motorist.
Step 3: File a Police Report
Regardless of if you suffer injuries, you should be sure to file a police report after being involved in a bicycle accident. If you don’t need any medical help, then you still need to wait for the police to come. Having a police report on record is important. After all, if you discover an injury down the road, and have to seek medical treatment, having a police report documenting the incident is imperative. If you fail to file a police report, then you may discover your options are limited when it comes to filing a lawsuit.
Step 4: Gather as Much Information as Possible
You need to fine out everything you can about the driver of the vehicle that caused the collision. Ask for their registration, insurance and driver’s license information. If you are able to move and have a camera on your phone, take pictures or video of the accident scene, damage to your property and injuries. This can also prove to be beneficial if you file a lawsuit.
Step 5: Appoint a specialise personal injury lawyer
The last step of this process is to contact a personal injury lawyer for help. You need to make sure that you choose the right personal injury lawyer who will fight for the compensation you are entitled to. At Harris Koufettas & Associates LLC, we are experts in this area. We understand that you may be scared, or that you may have questions that need answered. No matter what you are worried about, do not let this stop you from getting what you are entitled to.
You do not have to worry about your claim. When you contact us, we will handle everything that is involved. For us, the most important thing is to concentrate on your recovery while we handle the technical side and not only building your claim, but securing the maximum level of compensation for you.
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