Picture this: you’re riding your bike on a quiet road, enjoying the spring weather and planning your weekend activities. All of the sudden, you’ve been hit and you are on the ground. You take a minute, organize your thoughts and then…?
Many people not sure what the rules and best practices are following a bicycle crash. To help make things easier, here are some good tips you can follow:
- Make sure to get checked out by a doctor, even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured. Sometimes, your brain can’t process the pain right away and you may be more seriously hurt than you realize. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
- Also, make sure to let the driver know that they hit you. Don’t be rude or combative, but make them aware that they hit you. Gather their contact information, including insurance, and give them your contact information, too.
- Make sure that the police are aware of the accident. Call them at the scene. Also check and see if there are any witnesses nearby that may be able to provide information, too. Keep the crash scene intact so the police can survey the scene when they arrive.
- As the post-accident consequences unfold, make sure to document everything you can. This may include things like taking pictures of your bicycle, the scene, and injuries. It is also good to hold on to any paper documents, like the accident report, medical expenses, and other miscellaneous information.
It is also important to note that, if the situation becomes more complicated and/or you are severely injured, you should not be afraid to see legal advice. In our Altoona, PA area, Attorney Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer who is skilled in taking cases for victims of bicycle accidents. He takes cases in central Pennsylvania through Pittsburgh. For more information or to schedule your free consultation, pleas call his firm at 814-946-4100.