- Call the Police & File a Report
As in most cases after an accident, call the police and create an accident report. In the heat of the moment many things can be misinterpreted, so double check that the police officer has the correct information before they leave and remedy any errors or misunderstandings. The police will also help to establish credibility and help to get any witness statements as well as information from all parties involved. Obtaining the police officer’s business card is also a good way to maintain a line of connection if necessary.
- Exchange your information
Take down the name, address, phone number, drivers license, license plate, and insurance from the other party involved, and if there are any witnesses try to get their contact information. This can be really important to any case you may wish to build and is better to have an not need than need and not have.
If possible, make sure you or get pictures of the scene. If your phone is ruined maybe a willing witness may help you. Leave the car and the bike as they are after the accident, if it is possible to do so safely, for the police to inspect and record. Take pictures of your bike, their car, the road conditions, signs, and any other items relevant to the situation. You never know what could be useful and it doesn’t hurt to have them.
Without the council of a lawyer DO NOT make any statements about the accident, on social media, written, recorded, or otherwise. It is best to exercise your 5th amendment right and remain silent. Don’t apologize because this can be taken as an admission of fault regardless of intent. Don’t take the blame, regardless of fault and don’t negotiate with the other party. Anything you say or write can be used against you so be very careful with what you choose to say and do.
- Immediately Get Medical Attention
Do not wait to get medical attention. Even if you don’t think you got injured and feel totally fine, go to the doctor. Some injuries may not present right away due to adrenaline and other underlying factors masking the pain. If you do not seek medical attention right away and you find you do have an injury later on, you may not be able to file a claim.
This is where Point Law Group comes in. If you or someone you know were involved in a bicycle accident and need a bicycle accident lawyer Los Angeles, we are here for you. Our team specializes in personal injury which includes a complete and total understanding of the Laws affiliated with cycling and we will fight for you on your behalf. For a free consultation, call (310) 560 – 0606.
After the accident and after you get medical and legal help, start keeping a personal record of the incident. Note any injuries sustained, treatments given, and any losses. These losses can include damages to personal items such as phone, backpack, clothing, as well as your bicycle, to having to take time off of work, along with any pain and other suffering you incur.