WHAT TO DO AFTER A BIKE ACCIDENT
Following a bike accident, people are generally filled with a mix of emotions- helplessness, frustration, anxiety, anger, fear, and so on. The best way to handle these emotions is by being prepared. Here are some tips from our experienced personal injury attorneys.
- Take a moment to settle down.
After being involved in a bike accident, your heart will begin to race. It’s very important that you remain calm. Try not to react based on your emotions. Remember that you are prepared and capable of handling the situation.
- Check for injuries and call 911.
If you are injured, call for an ambulance immediately.
- Report the accident to the police.
Thanks to adrenaline, many bike accident victims do not realize they are injured until after the fact. It’s always in your interest to call the police and report the accident, no matter how minor.
- Exchange information.
Make sure you get the other party’s contact information. If another bicyclist hits you, ask to see an identification card to confirm the information you received. If a car hits you, ask for the driver’s insurance information. Take a photograph of the insurance papers and registration, or write down the information. If the name on the registration is different from the driver’s, ask how they are related.
- Take photographs.
Take photographs of the property damage. If a car hit you, take a picture of the license plate. You should also take pictures of the accident scene. Take photographs of your injuries. The more photographs you take, the less you have to remember later.
- Get contact information from witnesses.
It is nearly impossible to track down strangers after the fact. If you think someone witnessed the bike accident, take down his or her contact information. Point out these witnesses to the police.
- Limit your conversations.
Generally, what you say immediately following a bike accident is admissible evidence. Limit your discussion to the facts. Do not tell anyone that the accident was your fault, even if you think it was.
- Contact an attorney.
After you have received medical treatment, contact an attorney at PHILLY BIKE LAWYER. It’s usually in your best interest to consult with an attorney before providing statements to insurance companies, since those statements can be used as evidence.
- Report the bike accident to your insurance company.
If you have auto insurance, you or an attorney at PHILLY BIKE LAWYER should set up a claim with your insurance company. Even if you were operating a bicycle, you may qualify for benefits from your auto insurance if a car or other motor vehicle hit you. In order to be eligible for such benefits, you must report the bike accident and cooperate with the insurance company.
- Do not give a statement to the other party’s insurance company.
You have no obligation to provide a statement to the other party’s insurance company.
These are just a few helpful tips. We are here for all your bike accident needs. Call PHILLY BIKE LAWYER today. All consultations are free.
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