How to Handle a Bicycle Accident When Hit by a Car
You are cycling to work, as you do every day, when a Jeep appears out of nowhere at a four-way crossing. The car is moving at high speed and hits you. You fall off your bike, break your arm, and your bicycle is a write off. Unfortunately, this is a common scenario in America. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 467 000 bicycle-related injuries took place and 1,000 bicyclists died in 2015. Drivers have to share lanes with cyclists, but cyclists aren't often respected on the roads.
Take Pictures of the Scene and Get the Driver's Information
After a bicycle accident collision with a car:
1.Try to stay calm and collect your thoughts.
2. Immediately take pictures and video footage of the scene as evidence.
3. Take photos of your injuries, too.
4. Write down the driver's information, insurance details, license number, and car description.
5. Get the contact details of any witnesses to the accident.
Stay Clear of the Driver
Don't engage the driver in any conversation outside of documenting their information. Leave all communication to your lawyer.
Call the Police
Call law enforcement immediately so that they can provide you with a police report. The documentation will help you in court. Tell the police exactly what happened. Talk about facts only. Law enforcement will also interview the driver and any witnesses present to get their account.
Document What Transpired
Write down everything that happened before you forget. Ensure that you note the time and date of the accident. Document a description of the driver, their car, and the conversation you had. Your lawyer will use this information to build a solid case for you.
Seek Medical Treatment
If you are in pain, seek medical help immediately. If you are not in severe pain, visit your primary care provider. It would help if you had your injuries documented to present in a court of law for compensation. If you don't have this, the jury will assume that you were not hurt in the collision.
Get a Quote for the Cost of Repair or Purchase of Your Bicycle
Get quotes from a bike shop for either the replacement of your bike or the repair cost. Your attorney will include all expenses you incurred in your settlement claim.
Make a Claim Against the Driver
A personal injury lawyer will help you get reparations for your accident. They can prove that the driver was negligent and didn't follow traffic rules. They'll also assess whether the Local Municipality might be at fault. If there was no stop sign where the driver crossed the street, they would be liable. Attorneys know how to gather all evidence to present a solid case and win. At Diamond and Diamond Lawyers, we have handled many car accident cases and won these settlements for our clients. Hire an experienced attorney at Diamond and Diamond Lawyers to get the compensation and justice you deserve.