Most people know what to do if they have been in a fender bender—exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver, and maybe take a few pictures of the accident scene.
If you are riding your bicycle and are hit by car, however, would you know what to do? The Bethesda bicycle accident injury lawyers at Lewis & Tompkins have compiled this helpful checklist for cyclists so that, if you are ever injured while riding, you will be able to give yourself the best chance at recovering maximum compensation:
- Call the police, and stay on the scene until they arrive. Even if you think that you are uninjured, by filing an official report you are ensuring that, should you experience symptoms later that day (or even that week), your case will be much more airtight in your pursuit of compensation from the other driver’s insurance company.
- Insist on an accident report. Sometimes police officers may miss important information that could help your case while writing an accident report. Insist that statements are taken from the other driver, witnesses, and especially that a statement of your own is taken. Just like in a car accident, also be sure to get contact information from the driver and witnesses.
- Record everything. Take pictures of the accident scene, the other car, your bicycle, and your injuries. While the accident report will describe much of this, having photographic evidence can bolster your case.
- Get medical treatment as soon as possible. As soon as you seek official medical treatment, you have started a paper trail of medical records that can assist in seeking compensation.
Of course, hopefully, you will never have to use this information, but if you have been injured in a Maryland, D.C., or Virginia bicycle accident, call Lewis & Tompkins today at 202.296.0666.