An attorney can meet with bicycle accident victims about their injuries and losses, and then create a plan of action for obtaining the most compensation possible. Sometimes victims of such accidents commit mistakes that they don’t realize were crucial errors until after-the-fact. Here we have provided information for bicycle riders, in hopes that we can raise aware as to how to handle an accident if you are ever hit by a car driver. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is that you do not commit these mistakes:
Failing to Call 911 For Help
There is no reason why you should not call the police after being hit by a car driver. Chances are, your injuries are serious enough that you need to report the incident and get medical attention promptly. In the moments after, your body may feel numb due to being in a state of shock. So, you should not wave off the collision and think everything is okay, then let the driver go. You may realize that the next day you are in immense pain, and now don’t have the driver’s information or a police report for your attorney to work with.
Forgetting to Preserve Evidence
Unless you were brought to the hospital for immediate care, gather as much evidence as you can at the scene. Helpful proof that can work in your favor regarding the claim include pictures, videos, and witness statements. Depending on the severity of the collision, you may feel like asking for an official statement from a witness in that moment may be too soon. That’s okay, your attorney can reach out to these witnesses about what they saw in the days after.
Neglecting to Get Medical Care
It can be very difficult to get the amount you need to overcome the bicycle accident if you didn’t get medical care promptly after the incident. The driver’s insurance may cast doubt into your claim if it took you days or weeks to get treatment for injuries. It is in your best interest both physically and financially to see a doctor quickly. Common injuries that bicycle riders can suffer after being hit by a car driver include:
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Road rash
- Head injuries
- Emotional trauma
Underestimating What an Attorney Can Do
Most reputable law firms, offer free consultations for victims of personal injury accidents who have never been represented by us before. They believe that you should focus on healing, while they put their efforts towards the legal aspects. They are aware of your rights and the actions you can take to seek justice and a fair amount of restitution. When meeting with a lawyer, please bring as much information as you have regarding the accident. All it takes is a phone call and they are ready to assist you.