After the Accident
Bicycle accidents can be sudden and traumatic events. While other pressing matters will be on your mind after an accident it is important to give some attention to the following recommendations. Following these steps may positively affect the outcome of any lawsuits related to the accident.
Do not hesitate to call the police
On their arrival the police will make a report documenting the accident that can be useful later on. Do not hesitate to call the police after a serious accident if you think you are not injured or you think the injury is not serious. Often cyclists do not realize the extent of their injuries until many hours after, or subsequent to a medical consultation. Do not attempt to negotiate with the driver before the police report. Sometimes drivers may seem apologetic and sincere only to deny their fault later on.
Always gather driver and witness information
If the police have been called do not simply rely on them to gather this information. Do get the driver’s name, licence number, plate number, contact and insurance information. Do get the names and contact information for any witnesses. If you are injured and cannot gather this information do ask a bystander to help.
Seek immediate medical attention and document your condition
Do consult a medical professional right away, even if you think your injuries are minor. Medical records will play an important part in any future lawsuits. Do photograph your injuries and do keep a journal of your symptoms and conditions.
Preserve any evidence
Do not attempt to immediately fix, alter or dispose of your bicycle, helmet and related gear or clothing that is evidence of the accident. Do photograph all damaged equipment right away.
Consult an experienced personal injury lawyer to assess your claim
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help support you in obtaining the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
If you or a loved one has been in a cycling accident you can trust Tony Lafazanis to help you in your time of need.