Because bicycles are much smaller than cars and don't possess the same protective metal barriers with doors and roofs, a bike accident can lead to serious injuries. If you've been in a bike accident, it is crucial to start taking prompt steps to legally safeguard yourself. Below are three things attorneys typically recommend doing after being involved in a bicycle accident.
What to Do After a Bike Accident
1. Stay on the Scene
Never flee the scene of an accident. Wait for police and paramedics to arrive. Tell the police exactly what happened, be as detailed as possible, and never assume blame or make assumptions about the cause of the accident—just stick to the facts. Request a copy of the police report; this will be a crucial document your attorney will want to see should a legal case develop. Receive prompt medical attention. If you're transported to the hospital, detail all injuries to the attending medical staff so they can enter the information in your records.
2. Request Contact Information
If possible, obtain the vehicle driver's name, phone number, driver's license and license plate numbers, and insurance information. If there were witnesses to the accident, request their names and phone numbers. Having all of this information will ensure your attorney can contact others involved in the accident, investigate its cause, and work with insurance companies.
3. Preserve Evidence
Though you may be anxious to get back on your bike as soon as possible, don't have the bicycle fixed right away. The condition of the bike can tell a lot about the severity of the accident and how it occurred. Take photos of the bike, your helmet, and the clothes you were wearing at the time of the accident. Don't let other parties involved in the crash or their insurers see any evidence without first consulting an attorney.
The attorneys at Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC have been serving Western Wisconsin, the Coulee Region, and the Driftless Area since 1982. They offer representation in bike and motor vehicle accidents, personal and work injuries, Social Security Disability claims, and wrongful death cases. Let them put their combined 100+ years of legal experience to work for you. Call (877) 784-1230 or visit them online to schedule a free consultation.