Not too long ago, a client called my office asking what to do after a bicycle accident. They had been riding their bike on the street when an SUV struck their bicycle from behind. Along with the damaged bike, my client sustained several broken bones and facial scarring. The driver apologized at the scene, called 911, and exchanged insurance information. My client called me wanting to know if insurance would cover the damages, or if there were certain steps that needed to be taken to ensure compensation recovery.
What to Do After a Bicycle Accident | Go to the Doctor
My client did the right thing by going to see the doctor immediately. In fact, an ambulance was called to the scene and he was taken to the emergency room right away. No matter how severe or minor your injuries appear to be, you need to seek immediate medical treatment if you have been hit by a car while riding a bike. Make sure to keep track of all medical records and payments as well.
Collect Bicycle Accident Evidence
Because my client was badly injured, he was not able to take photographs of the scene. He did the right thing, however, by phoning a family member to do this for him. You will want to document the crash scene, the damaged bicycle, and several photographs of the vehicle that struck you. Make sure you do not dispose of the damaged bicycle. Also, if possible, collect statements and contact information from any witnesses.
Do Not Speak to the Insurance Company
I told my client that they would most likely be receiving a call from the insurance company in a few days. These calls are always recorded. It can be very damaging to your claim if you speak with them. An adjuster is trained to ask questions that will illicit misleading responses. Anything you say can be used against you at a later date.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
Lastly, my client did the right thing by contacting an attorney as soon as he was done receiving medical treatment. Not only that, but he made the right choice by contacting a trial attorney. A trial attorney is equipped with resources that enable them to obtain large settlements in court. Trial attorneys increase your chances of being fully compensated for all damages you have suffered.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured while riding a bike and have questions about what to do after a bicycle accident? Contact our experienced Austin bicycle accident lawyer at The Law Office of Daniel R. Smith today for a free consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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