What to Do Immediately Following a Bicycle Accident
If you have ever been involved in an accident of any kind, you know the scary, apprehensive feeling that fogs your ability to concentrate on the events immediately following the accident. However, it is very important to keep it together as you deal with the ordeal. For many bicyclists who find themselves involved in an accident, it can be easy to forget, in the excitement of the moment, that there are certain things that need to be done following an accident to help establish the events that led to it, and to help preserve any legal claims of negligence against the other party involved. Below are a few pointers on what to do after being involved in a bicycle accident. You can also watch a short video on the topic, which can be found here.
Get Medical Attention Immediately
Too many bicyclists who are involved in an accident, especially when involved in accidents with a motor vehicle, fail to seek medical attention. Medical attention is supremely important after any accident, though. Many bicyclists sustain serious brain and/or spinal cord injuries that are undetectable without proper medical inspection.
Call the Police
No matter how you feel after an accident, or who might be at fault, call the police and report the accident. Witnesses of the accident can give statements as to what they saw and heard while memories are still fresh in the mind. The parties involved can give statements and the police can produce a written record of the accident. A police report containing witnesses’ statements can be useful evidence when establishing a liability claim.
Cooperate with the Police to Report the Accident
It is very important to cooperate with police officers after an accident. Police need to record the facts of the case, and gather as much information as possible. Police need to take the statements of all parties involved and any witnesses. This an important step, since many negligent parties will change their story or become suddenly mute after discussing the accident with their insurance company. Never give a statement to the negligent party’s insurance company.
After the Accident, Preserve Any and All Evidence from the Accident
One of the most important aspects of developing a lawsuit against a negligent driver who hit a bicyclist is the evidence from the accident. Bicyclists should take steps to preserve any and all evidence from the accident. This can include keeping the clothing and shoes that were worn during the accident in the same condition as the day of the incident. Do not wash the clothing; simply store it in a bag to preserve the condition of the clothes. Broken cell phones or broken helmets are useful pieces of evidence for a case against a negligent driver. Similarly, if the bicycle itself was damaged in the accident, refrain from getting it repaired.
Contact a Chicago Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Willens Law Offices at 312-957-4166 to speak with an experienced bicycle injury attorney about your accident.