What To Do If You’re Involved In A Bicycle Accident
With great summer weather comes the opportunity to spend more time outside. Many people choose to use bikes during the warmer months either as an alternative to driving, or simply as a means of exercise. As much fun as it can be to ride a bike, it’s also extremely important to take measures to ensure your safety when riding. We’d like to take a few moments to share some advice on what to do should you become injured in an accident while riding a bicycle.
Seek medical help
As with any accident, your top priority should you become injured should be to seek medical attention. People who experience serious injury as the result of a bike accident will likely end up in the hospital, but it’s also important to visit a doctor even if you don’t think your injuries are significant, or if you don’t think you’ve been injured at all. Some injuries can go undetected, only to lead to more serious impacts on your health down the road. Obtaining a medical opinion from a doctor can also be useful should you choose to pursue a personal injury claim.
Call the police
If your bike accident involves others, such as someone driving a motor vehicle, all parties should remain at the scene of the accident and contact the police in the same way you would if there was an automobile accident. Sometimes those at fault, or even those note at fault, might flee the scene of an accident. You should still contact the police if this happens. You may believe you have nobody to sue following a hit and run, but that’s not the case. You may be able to sue your own insurance company for any injuries you experience.
If the other party involved in the accident remains at the scene, you should collect their personal information after calling the police. You’ll want to get their insurance information, their contact information, and their license plate if they had a motor vehicle. You’ll also want to collect any information about the accident by documenting injuries through pictures and video.
The personal injury lawyers at Derfel Injury Law have years of experience navigating personal injury victims. Contact us to meet the personal injury lawyers and professional legal team who will work tirelessly to help you understand if you should pursue damages and achieve the best possible resolution to your accident benefits claim. Our office is conveniently located in Toronto. Call us at 416.847.3580 to schedule a visit at the individual office closest to you or contact us online.