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If you are ever riding a bicycle and are hit by a car or a truck, it is vitally important that you take certain steps to seek immediate medical treatment, mitigate the damage from the accident and document all of the facts surrounding the circumstances of the accident.
The fact is that when a bicyclist is injured in an accident with a vehicle, the potential for serious damage and harm is enormous. A bicyclist has no real protection in such a collision, certainly not the protection another driver might have in a car. If you were injured in an accident, call the Chicagoland bicycle accident lawyer at Panio Law Offices today.
What to Do Following an Accident
If your bike accident involves a car, it's important to remember a few steps to take to protect your ability to recover damages to compensate your for medical and other expenses resulting from the accident. Immediately following the accident, you should:
Call and Wait for the Police
Oftentimes, when a driver hits a bicyclist, they immediately admit blame and apologize and some may want to negotiate a settlement there at the scene. Never negotiate a settlement at the scene in any circumstance.
You should always wait for police to arrive to document the circumstances of the accident and their observations. A driver receiving a citation is very helpful in ensuring an insurance company to settle.
Get Immediate Medical Treatment
After an accident, a bicyclist may be reticent to seek immediate medical treatment, but that is absolutely the wrong thing to do. Even if you don't believe you have injuries, it's important to be seen by a physician, who can examine you for soft tissue injuries, whose symptoms may not reveal themselves for weeks or even months.
Unnecessarily delaying medical treatment can exacerbate injuries, and insurers and courts often reduce damages to plaintiffs who do.
Make Sure the Accident Report Is Accurate
Ensure your version of events is included in the accident report. Sometimes only the vehicle driver's version of events will make it into the police report. Ensure that your side of the story is represented (especially your injuries), if not at the scene, request to have the report amended to ensure your version of the story is included.
Get Contact Information
Obtain both the driver and any witnesses contact details.
Whenever possible, get the:
- Phone number
- And driver's license number of the driver at the scene
It's important you not assume these details will be contained in the police report. You will need to be able to contact the driver if you later seek to file a personal injury claim.
Document the Circumstances of the Accident
Take notes of everything that occurred leading up to the accident. Road conditions, traffic lights, time of day, weather conditions, everything matters and can support your claim. So as soon as you are able to write everything down, don't hesitate to do so.
Preserve Your Evidence
It's likely that the condition of your bicycle may be an indication of where it was hit and how fast the car may have been going. This is important evidence you will want to preserve for any possible personal injury claim. It can support your version of events and even prove your case.
Seek Professional Counsel
Getting the support of an experienced personal injury attorney is exceedingly important when you are the victim of an accident. A skilled accident lawyer can help build your case by identifying possible witnesses, preserving evidence, securing expert testimony and negotiating the wide array of damages for which you may be eligible.
What Are Common Bicycle Accident Injuries?
Unlike car, truck, and even motorcycle passengers, cyclists have very little protection between their bodies and the road. In the event of a collision, cyclists often suffer severe or even life-threatening injuries. Understanding these potential injuries can help you as a victim or as a family member of an injured loved one.
Physical injuries commonly caused by bicycle accidents include:
- Head trauma
- Cuts and lacerations
- Dental injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Neurological injuries
- Ruptured discs
- Internal organ damage
Bicycle accidents also cause victims to suffer emotional and psychological trauma. In many cases, cyclists often feel afraid to return to their bicycles after a crash.
Some develop post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological issues that require extensive therapy or medications to be treated. In the event that an injured cyclists suffers a traumatic brain injury, the resulting emotional trauma can be even more severe.
How Panio Law Offices Can Help
With over a decade of award-winning legal representation, Panio Law Offices is here to provide you with reliable legal service by taking the time to fully understand the details of the case and establish a strong case for your compensation needs. Let us help you hold the right parties responsible. With our firm, there are no out-of-pocket expenses, and we take no fee unless we are successful.