Being struck by a vehicle while you are on your bicycle is frightening to say the least. Knowing what to do after you have gathered yourself and calmed down may be difficult. Bicycle accidents do not always make big news, and the steps to take after one are not always clear. If you are injured while out on a bike ride, the steps you take are similar to the ones taken after a vehicle collision.
If you are injured, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Everything else can be sorted out later. If you do not have a phone, or it has been damaged in the accident, ask someone else to phone emergency services for you. It is often better to ask one person than to shout your need to a group of people. Many will assume that someone else is going to call and will not do it themselves.
Check for Safety
If you were struck in a high-traffic area, move immediately to safety if you are able to do so. Do not stay exposed to traffic if you can get away from it. If you must remain exposed, try to find a witness who can block traffic for you with their vehicle or help pull you out of the way.
Call the Police
Whether or not you need medical attention, the police should still be called. You should have a police report filed, and the information should be taken at the scene of the accident. You may not think that you are injured or that your bicycle is damaged, but you may discover these things later.
Just as you would following a car accident, gather as much information as you can. Take photographs if you are able to, get the driver’s license and registration information from the operator of the vehicle that struck you, and get information from any witnesses.
Call an Attorney
You may not think that you need an attorney, but chances are that you will. If you hope to recover any monies for your injuries or damage to your property, you need someone well-versed in personal injury law. Contact a lawyer as soon as you can.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, our personal injury attorneys can fight to get you the compensation you may be entitled to by law. Call our offices today and speak with a member of our team at no cost to you.