Here are a few reminders on what you should do right after a bike accident:
- Get to safety – If you are in a dangerous part of the road, you should try (if you can move) to get on the side street or somewhere safer. There, you can fully evaluate the accident and immediately call for help, if needed.
- Document and take notes – If you are able to, try to get as much information as you can from the scene of the accident and the parties involved. Take pictures of the area to show how the bicycle accident happened. If there are witnesses in the area, get their contact details. If a motor vehicle is involved in the accident, make sure to get the insurance information of the vehicle. If your bike is damaged in any way, document it as well.
- Do not speak to anyone else's insurance company — You are not required to do so, and it could hurt your ability to recover compensation.
- Go to the hospital – It's important that you seek medical help if you are hurt or injured in any way because of the accident.
- Save proof of your injuries – Your injuries can determine how much compensation you will get, especially if there's negligence on the part of the motor vehicle. Take pictures of your injuries and take notes on how it affects your day-to-day activities.
Most Importantly, Call A Lawyer As Soon As Possible
We understand that you might not like the idea of filing a lawsuit. However, working with an attorney is often the most effective way to make the opposition take your case seriously. We offer a free initial consultation so you can learn more about your options, even if our firm is not the right fit for your case.
To learn more and arrange an appointment, please contact us at 646-569-9769. We serve cyclists all over New York City and the surrounding area.