If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, here are a few steps that can be taken to protect both your health and the strength of any potential bicycle injury claim you may have:
- Contact 911 as soon as possible. The shocking nature of these incidents can cause victims to take irrational actions such as moving when injured or refusing medical treatment. All parties should remain as calm as possible to lessen the risk of further injury.
- If the bicycle accident involved a motor vehicle, get 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 interesting 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. These documents will often waive rights and offer low compensation to unknowing victims.
- If you are physically well enough and have an appropriate device, taking photographs of the accident can be immensely useful down the line. Do your best to capture the entirety of the scene as well as any smaller details that may be relevant. Our New Jersey bicycle accident lawyers can use these photos to later prove the cause of the accident. They can also be used as evidence of personal injury, property damage, as well as relevant surroundings such as signage or dangerous conditions.
- See a doctor, regardless of symptoms. Victims may feel fine in the immediate aftermath, only to have symptoms of injuries present later. By seeing a physician, you can be assured one way or another. Many brain, spinal cord, back, and other nervous system related injuries are not obvious to the victim at the time of injury. This also strengthens your case, as seeing a doctor weeks or months later can be too late to prove the accident was the cause of your injury.
Some of the most common causes of bicycles accidents causing serious injury are:
- Crossing the roadway
- Riding with the flow of traffic
- Riding against the flow of traffic
- Riding adjacent to roadway on a shoulder or median
- Riding on sidewalk