If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, here are a few steps that you can take to protect both your health and the strength of any potential bicycle injury claim you may have:
- Call 911 as soon as possible. The shocking nature of these incidents can cause victims to act irrationally. They may move when injured or refuse medical treatment. All parties should remain calm and stay in a safe spot to lessen the risk of further injury.
- If the bicycle accident involved a motor vehicle, obtain the other party’s insurance information, insurance policy number, driver’s license, license plate number, and any other information that may be relevant.
- Avoid signing anything before speaking to your attorney. Insurance companies are interested in settling claims quickly and cheaply; if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Documents offered by insurance companies can take advantage of traumatized or injured victims through complicated wording that often waives rights and offers low compensation to unsuspecting victims.
- If you are physically unharmed and have a mobile phone or camera, taking photographs of the accident can be immensely useful should you choose to pursue a case. Do your best to capture the entirety of the scene as well as smaller relevant details. Our New Jersey bicycle accident lawyers can use these photos to help prove the cause of the accident. The photos can also be used as evidence of personal injury, property damage, applicable signage, and potentially dangerous conditions.
- Seek medical attention even in the absence of symptoms. Victims may feel fine in the immediate aftermath, only to have symptoms appear later. Many brain, spinal cord, back, and other nervous system injuries are not obvious to the victim at the time of injury. Seeing a doctor immediately can also build proof that your injuries were directly caused by the accident.
Some of the most common causes of bicycles accidents that result in serious injury are:
- Crossing the roadway
- Riding with the flow of traffic
- Riding against the flow of traffic
- Riding adjacent to the roadway on a shoulder or median
- Riding on sidewalks