Cycling accidents with cars are scary — cyclists are inevitably more likely to be harmed in a car accident compared to the driver. Luckily, most bicycle accidents are mild and do not require legal attention, but if you are in a car accident it is important to stay calm and ensure you are physically and legally protected. Consequently, this article will share three things you should know after being injured in a biking accident.
Wait for the Police
The first thing to do is wait for the police to arrive, immediately after a cycling accident. Waiting for the police to arrive will allow you to be present and explain your involvement in the accident, as the police file their report. If you leave the accident scene it will make it significantly more difficult for you to identify the at-fault driver, and build a legal case. We encourage you to do everything you can to have your side of the story represented in the police report.
Documenting your experience is important. Make mental notes about the accident — where did it occur — weather conditions — road traffic — how it happened. Record all of these mental notes as soon as you have access to writing materials.
We encourage you to seek medical attention for your injuries, even if they are small. A lawyer will be able to use the fact you sought medical attention as proof that you were injured, and your medical record will document the extent of those injuries. It is also smart to photograph your injuries as additional documentation.
Seek Professional Legal Advice
Automobile accidents that involve a cyclist can lead to complex legal questions. For this reason, it is smart to seek professional legal advice. Consult a personal injury lawyer who understands bicycling or has handled bike accident cases in the past. Andrew T. Brake, P.C. is equipped to handle your case. We encourage you to work with our team of professionals.
To schedule an appointment with our team of professionals at Andrew T. Brake, P.C., call today. As a small, local law firm, Andrew T. Brake, P.C. is capable of giving specific advice that meets the specific needs of your legal case. We look forward to working with you.
Have you or someone you know been in a cycling accident? If so, what did you do? Let us know in the comments below, we want to hear from you!
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