While most bike accidents are relatively minor, serious ones can leave you with numerous injuries, traumas, hospital bills, and more. In 2018, there were 857 fatal bike accidents nationally. In that same year in Ohio, over 20 cyclists were killed, and more than 140 were seriously injured in a collision.
Steps to Take After a Bicycle Accident
If you’re ever involved in a bicycle accident, the steps you take immediately afterward will have a big impact on whether or not you’re able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
1. Contact the Police
Even if the accident seems relatively minor, you should always wait for the police to show up. Because injuries sometimes don’t show up until days later, having a police report of the incident is important for creating a timeline of events and corroborating your story.
2. Get the Driver’s Information
While waiting for the police to arrive, you should ask for the driver’s name, number, address, license plate, and insurance information. Even if the driver offers to pay for your injuries or damaged items, never negotiate with them.
3. Ask for Any Witnesses’ Information
If there was anyone around to witness the accident, make sure you also ask for their information. Their account of what happened can help prove that you were not at fault.
4. Get Medical Attention
Even if you don’t think you’re injured or you only suffered minor scrapes, you should always go to the hospital for a full exam. You should also have photos taken of your injuries and document your symptoms for the next few days.
5. Contact a Professional Personal Injury Attorney
If you have any questions, never reach out to the insurance company — they can use anything you say against you if you decide to file a case. Instead, contact a trusted personal injury attorney.
At Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly, we can provide the legal representation you need for your criminal or personal injury case. We care about what happens in your case. To learn more about our team, call us at (216) 220-6776 or contact us online today.