Legal Steps After a Bicycle Accident Involving a Vehicle

Legal Steps After a Bicycle Accident Involving a Vehicle

Let’s say you go out for a bike ride for pleasure or exercise, or perhaps, you choose to use your bike as your main form of transportation for work and errands. You are following the rules of the road as a cyclist, you are familiar with your area, and then out of nowhere, a car crashes into you. This is not only a shocking event but an extremely scary one.

Considering the limited protection that a bicyclist has when they are hit by a car, the physical bodily harm can be significant and deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2021 966 pedalcyclists died which was a 1.9% increase in deaths from those reported in the previous year. Bicycle accidents happen all too often, and bicyclists are at high risk of losing their lives when one occurs.

If you were injured in a bicycle accident in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorneys at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP can review your case and discuss with you, your legal options for compensation. 

What to Do After a Bicycle Accident

Legal Steps After a Bicycle Accident Involving a VehicleAfter a bicycle accident, the following steps should be taken.

Call the 9-1-1

Police and other emergency responders can come to the accident scene. An officer can investigate the accident scene and file a police report which may be helpful evidence in a personal injury claim. When severe injuries are suffered, emergency personnel can come to provide aid and treatment. Additionally, regardless of injuries, it is important to stay at the scene until the police arrive. Leaving can be harmful to a future injury claim and it can also make it more difficult to determine the identity of the driver.

Limit Communications

It is recommended not to apologize or accept any amount of blame for the accident happening. Outside of exchanging information (driver’s license number, contact information, and insurance) and checking to see if anyone is hurt, it is better to keep communications with the other party minimized. And, even though you may feel angry and stressed about what happened, refraining from arguing with the driver is best.

Talk to Witnesses

Speak to witnesses and see if they would offer their contact information.

Write Down the Accident’s Details

As soon as possible after a bicycle accident write down all the details that you can remember about how it happened. 

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you do not initially think that you are injured seeking medical attention is important. Some injuries are not always apparent right away. Seeing a doctor can help you understand what physical bodily harm may have been suffered.

Keep All Documentation Related to the Accident

All of your medical bills, reports, doctor’s notes, property damage repairs, and any other documentation pertaining to the accident should be kept and organized.

Speak with an Attorney at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP

Having legal counsel supporting you and representing your interests can help you better focus on yourself and your recovery. An attorney can value your claim and then fight on your behalf to get you the most from it.

For more information about what to do after a bicycle accident in Pennsylvania, you are welcome to connect with an attorney at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP to schedule a free consultation at (215) 731-9900.

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