When riding your bicycle, there’s always some risk of a collision. However, no one thinks that a bicycle accident will actually happen to them. If a driver hits you while on your bike, you might wonder what you should do next.
Below, we’ll cover some vital steps to take at the scene of a bicycle accident. It’s also best to speak with a bicycle accident lawyer right away. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the best legal actions.
To discuss the details of your accident during a FREE consultation, call John Foy & Associates at (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
What Should I Do After My Bicycle Accident?
Every bicycle accident is different. Depending on your injuries, you might be unable to perform specific actions. However, the more information you can gather at the scene, the better.
Always call the police after a bicycle accident. Most states have specific laws about reporting accidents. In Georgia, you must call the police if there are injuries, deaths, or at least $500 in property damage (Georgia Code Section 40-6-273).
It’s common to panic after an accident. Being hit by a driver is shocking, and it can be deadly. However, calling 911 is the most important thing you can do at the scene. Even if the driver does not want to report the accident, call 911.
Get Medical Help Right Away
If you notice any injuries, it’s best to request an ambulance, too.
Even minor injuries can quickly worsen or end up being more severe. Plus, getting emergency medical attention will create a record of your injuries. Make sure the paramedics know that your injuries are from a bike accident.
If you do not get treatment at the scene, be sure to see a doctor afterward. It’s best to get medical attention on the same or next day. There are several reasons for this:
- Seeing a doctor will create a record of your injuries from the accident.
- You will get an idea of the severity of your injuries and your treatment needs.
- Your doctor can check for any “hidden” injuries that could worsen.
Also, take pictures of your injuries after the accident. If they change or worsen, take more photos to document it. Even if the damage is minor, you will need a record of it. You might also maintain a journal with your symptoms.
Remain as Calm as Possible Calm
Keeping a clear head after an accident is stressful. Try to take some deep breaths and focus on the steps we mention here. You will protect your legal rights by calling 911 and documenting the scene.
Also, avoid discussing the accident with the driver. Do not admit any blame or point any fingers. You’ll want a lawyer on your side before you talk about specifics. Only tell the responding officers about your side of things.
If you’re worried about saying the wrong thing, talk to a lawyer. You can schedule a FREE consultation with John Foy & Associates today. Call us 24/7 at (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
Make Sure the Police Create an Accident Report
After you call 911, the police should create an accident report. However, officers might not do this if there are no apparent injuries. Make sure the responding officer creates a report of the accident.
The police should ask if you have any injuries. Avoid saying “no” or that you’re “okay” in response. You could have injuries that have not shown up yet. If you don’t feel pain yet, simply say you’re “not sure” if you have injuries.
The police report plays a vital role in injury claims. You may use it to support your case later.
Get the Driver’s Information
According to Georgia Code Section 40-6-273.1, police officers should instruct drivers to exchange:
- Names and addresses
- License plate numbers
- Insurance policy information
A bicycle will not have a license plate or insurance coverage. However, you’ll want to get the above information from the driver who hit you. You will need this information to file a personal injury claim.
Talk to Any Eyewitnesses
When a bicycle accident happens, there are often witnesses. If anyone else observed the crash, talk to them. Ask if you can get their name and contact information.
Eyewitnesses can help support your case. Your bicycle accident lawyer will get in touch with them later.
Document the Accident Scene
Record the accident scene as thoroughly as possible:
- Take pictures of your injuries and bicycle damage.
- Photograph the scene from different positions.
- Note the time and place of the accident.
- Write down your account of what happened before, during, and after the crash.
The more information you have right after the accident, the better. You can show this evidence to your lawyer when they begin building your case. Evidence from the scene will help strengthen your claim.
Get Help From a Bicycle Accident Lawyer
After the accident, the driver’s insurance company might contact you. It’s best not to speak with the insurer until you have a lawyer. Insurance companies can look for any way to pay you less. That might include:
- Using anything that you say against you
- Blaming you for the accident
- Offering you a lowball settlement upfront
- Intimidating you into accepting a lower offer
A bicycle accident lawyer can communicate with the insurer for you. Plus, insurance companies are more likely to offer fair settlements if you have an attorney. Schedule a consultation with a trusted lawyer today.
Your lawyer can investigate the accident. They’ll help you gather evidence to show what happened and explain your damages. Your lawyer will also calculate the worth of your losses. You’ll know how a fair settlement offer should look.
Talk to a Bicycle Accident Lawyer for Free Today
At John Foy & Associates, we’ve been helping injured cyclists for over 20 years. We know what it takes to win, and we are not afraid to fight for you. Contact us today to schedule a FREE, no-risk consultation.
We do not collect a fee unless we win your case. There are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for your FREE consultation.