Whether you are an avid cyclist or new to the scene, you probably already know what to do to increase your safety and prevent a traffic accident. However, you can only control what you do. The other half of the equation is the motorist, who can hit you despite all the safety precautions you have taken.
Do you know what to do in this situation? The good news is that the steps to take after a bicycle accident are similar to the ones you would take if you were a motorist, too, so you may already be prepared.
1. Report the accident
The first thing to do is call the police, whether or not you get severely hurt. Making a report can help your case when you pursue financial compensation from the insurance companies. However, do not admit fault to any degree or apologize for anything you did, even if you were partially responsible.
2. Collect information
At the accident scene, obtain the following information from the driver and give yours as well:
- Name and number
- License plate number
- Insurance policy
Also, note the vehicle make, model and color. Take photos of the accident with your phone and talk to any witnesses for additional information. For serious incidents, an attorney can use professional resources to further investigate.
3. Get medical attention
You will know when you have an emergency medical situation. However, other injuries may not be as obvious. For example, you may suffer a concussion or other traumatic brain injury without realizing it until days later. For this reason, it is wise to seek a medical evaluation as soon as you can. It not only will improve your chances of a full and quick recovery, but also link the accident to your injuries and determine the extent of the damage. This information is necessary for your legal case so you can receive the right amount of awards to cover medical bills, lost wages and any permanent life changes.