If you are a cyclist, it is important to be aware of what to do if you are ever in an accident. If you get into an accident, you may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Being in an accident can be an overwhelming and difficult circumstance and knowing what to do is not always clear in the moment, which is why we have put together this list of steps to follow if you are ever in a bicycle accident.
At the Scene of the Accident
Watch What You Say
Try to be mindful of what you say to the driver after the accident. Even if you don’t feel like you are badly hurt, don’t say things like “I’m okay” or “it wasn’t your fault.”
Do not leave the scene of the accident right away. Even if you do not think that you’re injured at all, it is important to wait for the police to arrive and file a report with them.
Talk to Witnesses
If possible, get the contact info and names of anybody who witnessed the accident. You may need their statements later. Write down the driver’s licence plate number at the scene of the accident if you can as well.
After the Accident
Write it All Down
Write down everything that happened leading up to, during, and just after the accident in as much detail as you can remember. You should also write down your physical symptoms each day post injury. It is important to have a record of everything.
Go to the Doctor
It is important to seek medical attention after any accident, even if your injuries are minor. You need official medical records documenting your injuries. Take photos of any injury you have as soon after the accident as possible. It is important to document all injuries including bruises and cuts before they heal.
Keep your bicycle as is after the accident, do not repair any damages it has sustained and do not use it. Don’t wash the clothes you were wearing during the accident and keep them in case they are needed as evidence for any reason.
Consult with a Lawyer
Be sure to talk to a bike accident lawyer before communicating with insurance companies about your accident. Hoogbruin and Company offers Consultations and we can help you determine whether you may be owed compensation and what your best next steps are.