What to Do After a Bike Wreck
Cycling accidents that involve cars are extremely dangerous encounters which frequently result in serious injury for the cyclist. A crash is a frightening and chaotic experience, and it is all too easy to make mistakes in the aftermath of the even, leaving you vulnerable to being taken advantage of financially when it comes time to pay for your injuries.
You should never prioritize insurance ramifications over your personal well-being, and your primary concern should always be seeking medical attention if your injuries are serious. That being said, taking a few minutes to properly document the accident while you wait for the police or medical attention can pay dividends.
5 Easy Steps
Unfortunately, not all motorists will be forthcoming about their culpability in the accident and may attempt to avoid financial responsibility. No matter how minor your injuries may seem, it is important to never agree to take care of your medical bills and damages without involving insurance or attorneys. Follow these simple steps to help protect your interests:
- Call the police for an accident report. Even if your injuries appear to be minor, you may later show signs of a concussion, internal injuries, or other trauma that is not immediately apparent.
- Make sure your version of events is included in the report. An unscrupulous motorist will likely obscure the truth of events in an accident report, and it is vital that your side of the story is included.
- Gather contact information. In addition to securing the driver’s name, phone number, insurance information, plate number, and license number, it can be very helpful to gather contact information from witnesses if possible.
- Write down a full account of the accident. Document everything you remember, and be sure to take stock of all of your injuries.
- Call a legal professional. Before speaking with insurance adjustors, be sure you have been advised by a professional about your options and how to proceed. Remember, anything you say on tape can be used against you in a claim dispute.
While claims go smoothly in an ideal situation, there is always the possibility that the negligent driver lacks the insurance to fully cover your injuries, necessitating a lawsuit.
At Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., our experienced Stevens Point car accident lawyers have been successfully seeking justice for victims of bicycle and automobile accidents for years. Call today at 800-242-2874 for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.