Being involved in any type of accident is extremely scary. Being hit on your bicycle is even more scary and tragic. You’re bond to get injured and more likely to get severely injured. A motor vehicle can do a lot of damage to you on your bicycle. You are out there exposed. You may still be in shock but it’s important to know what you need to do at the accident scene. Before you go out on your bicycle, make sure you have your personal information on you, your cell phone, and your emergency contact info. This can help tremendously if you pass out because of the accident.
After you get into a bicycle accident, the first steps you take are crucial and are often timely. You should immediately call the police or ambulance or have someone else do this. When the police arrive, make sure that you take down the police officers information. He will make a police report and document things such as laws the driver may have violated or negligence of the driver. This is crucial information that will help you in your case.
Make sure you get the drivers information. Get information from other passengers as well as well as the driver’s insurance information. You will need to get the contact information of any of the witnesses to the accident. At the very least, get their name, address, and phone number. They may be able to testify on your behalf.
It’s essential that you take pictures and/or videos of your injuries and the damages that happened to your bicycle. Visual evidence is very useful in the court. Do not give a statement to your insurance company until you speak with your North Miami bicycle accident lawyer. You may not think it is a big deal but insurance companies can twist your words, resulting in you getting less compensation than you deserve. Their goal is to spend the least amount of money possible.
Try not to move your bicycle after the accident if possible. Police want to see the scene undisturbed. As mentioned previously, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. The doctor can help prove your injuries to the insurance company. You also may have unknown injuries in the moment and seeking medical treatment can help discover them. For example, you may think you are fine but you end up suffering head trauma a few days later. If you did not seek medical attention, then the insurance may try to say that you are faking your injuries. Or they may not quote you on these injuries because you never said them in the beginning.
Life can come at you fast. Getting hit on your bicycle is a real tragedy. It can happen to any bicyclists. The driver should’ve been more careful. They should’ve used extra caution. Now you’re injured and have to deal with the consequences. You don’t have to go through this whole thing alone. An expert on bicycle accidents can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Neufeld Law Firm today for experienced attorneys on your side. You only have to pay if they win your case. Call 305.931.6666 or 954-523-8292 for a free consultation. Or simply fill out this contact form.