Guidelines for Bicyclists Involved in Car Accidents
I’m Ed Smith, a Brentwood Personal Injury Attorney. Bicycle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye! Do your part to keep safe by adhering to the law and complying with standard bike safety precautions. Unfortunately, you can still get into accidents due to another negligent party. The majority of bicycle accidents do not involve cars. However, if you are an occasional cyclist, you should know how to approach this situation in case it should ever occur.
Wait for Police to Arrive
Once the police get to the scene, you can start giving them your recollections of the collision while an officer writes up a police report. You want to talk with an officer that can help translate the sequences of events onto a paper, clearly and accurately. Do not try to work things out for yourself and the driver that struck you, because they may just tell you what you want to hear at the moment. Weeks later, you may be caught off guard to find out the negligent party later decides to deny liability. This can all be avoided if an official authority is there to record both sides of the story.
Have Your Story Straight
You might have to go out of your way to get an officer to talk with you – it will be worth it. Make sure that your version of the incident is reported accurately, concisely, and fairly. Occasionally, an officer might hear you out but not take down a written copy of your story. Do not let them leave the scene without a written statement!
Do Not Admit Fault to Anyone
When you are speaking with anyone that is somehow linked to the accident – the other party, eyewitnesses, police officers – do not make any statements that could later be perceived as self-incriminating. Even a simple “I’m sorry” could be used against you later, leading to an unfavorable outcome. Do not claim liability!
Collect Information from Driver and Witnesses
Try to obtain all the essential information about the driver that hit you. This includes their full name, a clear picture of their driver’s license and license plate, phone number, insurance information, and occupation if applicable. Additionally, you may want to consider getting basic contact information from any eyewitnesses that can support your story. Witnesses can be the evidence that wins your case and help pay for unexpected expenses, including medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, a new bike, and more.
Obtain a Medical Report
Get medical attention for any of your wounds, even if they seem to be harmless. In addition, do not turn down assistance from any paramedics that arrive on site. Medical reports add an extra layer of credibility to your claim. Certified medical documents will contain relevant information such as the extent of your injuries, and how long it may take until you are fully recovered.
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Brentwood Personal Injury Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Brentwood Personal Injury Attorney. If someone you know and care for has been hurt in a bicycle accident, don’t let them deal with the stressful aftermath of the situation alone. You can reach me by calling (925)-428-5220 or (800)-404-5400 for friendly advice that is free of charge. I also have a contact form that you can fill out online at autoaccident.com.
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I am a part of the California chapter of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
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