What to Do Immediately to Stay Safe and Get Medical Help
There’s no denying that riding a bicycle is fun. But like many fun activities, when you ride your bike you are taking a calculated risk. No matter how careful you try to be, you can find yourself in a serious crash. One minute you are cruising along enjoying the beautiful weather, and the next thing you know you’re lying in the middle of the road.
The first thing you must do after you’ve been in a cycling accident is to make sure that you’re in a safe place. If you’ve been thrown from your bicycle, get out of the road. If you need help moving to safety, call out for help, or do what you can to drag yourself to safety before you are hit by a car. Try to avoid moving, if possible, after you are in a safe place. You may not know how seriously you are injured. If you are in shock, you may not feel any pain. Any movement could make your injuries worse.
Once you are in a safe location, call 911. If you don’t have a cell, ask a bystander to make the call for you. After calling for help and giving your location, you must think about what happened to cause your bicycle wreck.
- Were you hit by a car?
- Did you wipe out on your bike because of a hazardous road condition?
- Did somebody open their car door in front of you?
- If you were hit by a car, did the driver stop to assist you or keep on going?
- Did anybody else see what happened?
- Did anybody take pictures of the accident?
Make Sure That the Police Include Your Version of the Accident in Their Report
With a lot of bicycle accidents where a cyclist was hit by a car, police take a statement from the driver and not from the cyclist.[[i] delete footnote reference after proofed by all]Make sure that the police include your version of the accident in their report, even if you have to do so later because of your injuries.
Whatever you do, avoid making statements to the driver who hit you, even if the driver seems concerned. For instance, don’t say anything about your injuries, even if you aren’t in pain. You won’t know how badly you are hurt until you get checked by a doctor. Your bicycle accident attorney could help with the police report if you do not get a chance to talk with police who respond at the accident scene.
Get Contact Information From Witnesses If Possible
If you’re able to talk to witnesses, get their contact information. If your accident was caused by a hazardous road condition, take photos with your phone if you can do so without moving too much. If you cannot get the pictures, ask a bystander to do it for you.
You won’t know how bad you are hurt at first. Even if you feel okay, you need to go to a hospital and get checked if you were thrown from your bike or collided with a hard surface in your crash. If you have hit your head, even with a helmet on, your bicycle injuries could be serious.
Contact an Experienced Attorney as Soon as You Can
Bicycle accident statistics show that accidents that cause serious injury occur frequently, and with some of the worst injuries, you may not know how bad you are hurt at first. Whether you think you will need compensation or not, your injuries may prove to be so serious that they could lead to:
- Huge medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
You may be hurt bad and if so, you will need to file an insurance claim to recover financially if your injuries keep you out of work and you undergo extensive medical treatment. If you expect to receive a fair settlement you will need help from an experienced accident attorney to prove liability and negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance people. In order to protect your accident claim, the smartest action you can take is to contact an experienced Isaacs & Isaacs bicycle accident lawyer as soon as you possibly can.
It won’t cost you anything to call Isaacs & Isaacs at 800-800-8888 now, or fill out our online form for a free consult with an experienced bicycle accident attorney. An Isaacs & Isaacs attorney will listen to your story, and advise you what to do next. We can easily determine if you may need legal assistance for your accident. If you do not contact an attorney right away, it could harm your claim should your injuries prove to be more serious than you think. This is a common situation for cycling accident victims.
The sooner you call, the sooner we can assess your situation, and if necessary, begin an investigation into the cause of your accident and preserve any evidence. It is especially important that you do not talk to the insurance company before consulting a lawyer. We are here for you now.