What To Do After A Bicycle Versus Vehicle Accident
Bicycle riders must always be on the lookout for motor vehicles because vehicle drivers are not always looking out for bicycles. When a cyclist is hit by a car, the injuries can be catastrophic. If you or a loved one is injured by a negligent driver while riding your bicycle, it is important to contact a lawyer familiar with the rights of bicyclists and how to recover for your medical bills.
In 2011, the majority of bicycle versus vehicle crashes in Pennsylvania occurred in intersections. Children ages five to 14 suffered the most fatalities and injuries. In addition, most cyclists were hit during daylight hours.
What should you do if you are involved in a vehicle versus bicycle crash? You should try to stay calm and remember the following tips:
- If somebody is injured, call for medical help immediately.
- Call the police. You should stay at the scene of the accident and make a police report, which is essential for making an insurance claim or if a lawsuit is necessary.
- Confer with the other driver. Obtain their insurance information and contact information.
- If possible, talk to any witnesses to the accident and learn what they saw. Obtain their names, addresses and telephone numbers.
- Take pictures or videos of your bicycle, the other vehicle, your injuries and anything else that may be helpful.
- While the facts of the accident are still fresh in your mind, write them down.
It is important to note that there are a few things you should avoid doing, including admitting fault for the accident, discussing specifics of why the accident occurred, or any other conversations which could be used against you. Also, do not dispose of your bicycle, helmet or clothing because they can be helpful pieces of evidence.Rudberg Law Offices,
If you have been involved in a bicycle versus vehicle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC to learn how we can help.