Over recent years, bicycles have become more and more popular as a means of transportation. Whether it is for the exercise, the environmental impact or the simple sense of freedom, more people than ever are riding bikes on a regular basis. However, like most activities, riding bicycles is not without risk.
As more people move toward bicycles for transportation, the amount of interaction between cyclists and motor vehicle drivers increases. Even though many cities have worked to update infrastructure to include bike-specific lanes, motorist and cyclists still share roads. Sometimes this can result in accidents, even if you were following all the proper laws. If you are involved in a bicycle accident, you should be sure to take certain steps.
Seek medical attention
If you are injured in any way, your safety and well being should be the highest priority. If any of the injuries were substantial (broken bones, loss of consciousness, etc.), emergency medical services should be contacted immediately.
Many injuries may seem minor at first, but can develop into serious issues. Additionally, getting medical care for your injuries will serve to prove that you were injured and will provide a medical record.
Call the police
Once you have established your safety, law enforcement should be contacted. You should wait for them to arrive at the scene so that you can both give them your information and gather their information. Make sure that they file an official report of the accident and that it includes your account of the events.
Collect witness information
You will want to get the contact information of all parties who witnessed the accident. From the driver of the vehicle involved, you should get their
· Phone number
· License plate number
· Insurance information
Document the accident
If possible, get pictures of the entire scene, including your equipment and the vehicle. Any photographs may be used later as evidence, so try to get as many as possible. Additionally, keep any medical records or documentation associated with the accident.
Do not alter any of your equipment that was involved in the accident. This includes your bike, riding equipment, even the clothes you were wearing. Many bikes cannot be safely ridden if they have been crashed because they may have been damaged, so having your bike available to be inspected by a profession may make all the difference when it comes to replacing your damaged property.
These types of situations can often happen in a blur. It can be difficult to consider the future if the situation demands your immediate attention, but following these steps can make your life significantly easier down the road.
If you are involved in a bicycle accident and there is any damage at all, it is suggested that you seek out the services of an experienced legal professional who specializes in these types of cases. They will be able to work with you to get the justice you deserve.