5 Important Steps Following a Bike Crash
Whenever a cyclist is involved in a crash with a larger vehicle like a car, there is potential for serious, life-threatening injury. In the chaotic minutes following an accident, it can be all too easy to lose your head and make a mistake that ends up causing you to take unfair financial responsibility for the incident.
Your primary concern following an accident should always be for your own physical well-being, but it is also important that you take time to gather information and properly document the accident. Doing so will make it much easier to proceed with an insurance claim or lawsuit, should it prove necessary.
5 Simple Steps
While some motorists are genuinely concerned for the welfare of a cyclist they have collided with, their primary concern is all too often their own interests. Never trust an at-fault driver to take care of things without involving insurance companies or lawyers, and follow these steps:
# 1: Stay at the scene until the police arrive.
Even if you do not think that you are seriously injured, you may be unaware of a serious complication that will develop or worsen later.
# 2: Get your version of the events into the accident report.
A guilty motorist may attempt to misrepresent how the accident occurred, and it is imperative that your account of the accident be recorded as well.
# 3: Obtain contact information.
As well as getting the driver’s name, phone number, insurance information, drivers license number, and plate number, you should try to gather contact information of any available witnesses.
# 4: Document what happened.
Write down the details of the accident as soon as you have the opportunity, and be sure to catalog all your injuries, no matter how minor.
# 5: Seek the advice of a legal professional.
Anything you say during an interview with an insurance company can be used against you, so be sure to consult a skilled attorney first to educate yourself on your rights and the best course of action.
Many accidents can be resolved amicably through an insurance claim, but under-insured or unscrupulous drivers may make a lawsuit necessary.
The Appleton car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. have years of experience and a proven record of success in car accident lawsuits. If you have been injured in a bike accident caused by a negligent motorist, call today at 800-242-2874 for all the information you will need to resolve the incident favorably.