What should you do if you are involved in a bicycle collision?
After a bicycle accident, it is important to obtain the treatment you need and be compensated for all of your economic and intangible losses (quality of life damages). However, these will often depend on the quality of legal representation you have.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, consider the following:
- you and the motorist have a legal obligation to remain at the scene of the collision
- call the police and an ambulance if required
- report to the police any accident that involved any physical injury or property damage
- exchange information at the scene of an accident including name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, make of car, and insurance policy number
- get names and phone numbers of witnesses
- write down the collision number before the police leave the collision scene
- draw a detailed map or diagram using arrows to show the position and direction of all vehicles involved to report how the collision happened
- seek medical attention immediately for an assessment of injuries, even if you seem to be fine
- preserve evidence and photograph any visible injuries, keep damaged clothing and bike parts, get a written assessment of the damage to your bicycle and avoid having the bike repaired, if possible, until all parties have had a chance to inspect the damages
For more information or to discuss your personal injury claim, contact a personal injury attorney at the Elk Grove-based O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm today.
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