After an accident
If you are a cyclist who has been involved in a vehicle accident, there are a few things you can do to exercise control over an otherwise chaotic situation. Knowing what to do in the moment and having everything covered on your end will not only make things easier immediately after the accident, but also further down the road.
· Get medical attention
After an accident, the highest priority should be the health and safety of everyone involved. If it is needed, call emergency medical services. Nothing else can be done if people are too injured to function.
· Document the scene
If you are able, take pictures of the scene including any vehicles involved and any damage that was caused. Having photographic evidence will only serve to back up your side of events. It may also be helpful for law enforcement agencies and insurance companies.
· Call law enforcement
Having a legal police report on record may be essential for an insurance claims. Once the police file a report, find out how to get a copy of the report to make sure that it lines up with your understanding of the event.
· Gather information
This includes the names and contact information of any witnesses who may have seen the accident take place. This also includes the names and badge numbers of law enforcement officers involved, the names of the streets where the event took place, etc. The more information you have, the better.
It should be noted that just like other vehicles drivers, cyclists have a legal obligation to follow all traffic laws and regulations. Every cyclist should be familiar with the local cycling laws before they start riding.
These types of accidents can feel frightening and overwhelming. Fortunately, you do not have to deal with them alone. There is legal help in the situations and it can make a huge and positive difference. If you are involved in this type of accident, it is recommended that you obtain the services of a knowledgeable and experienced legal professional.