A large number of our posts on this website are concerning how to avoid being in a bike accident. While this is still our highest priority, bike accidents are still unfortunately all too common. That is why it is just as important to be educated on what to do when you are involved in a bike car collision.
Call the Cops. No.. Seriously, Call the Cops
You may not be hurt, and your bike may be fine, but just like in a fender bender, it is always better to have authorities there to verify everything. Some injuries or damage may not be readily apparent, and the police will document everything before anyone leaves or anything changes. Some cops may only get the motorist’s side of the story, so make sure that your version of events are included. Report even minor injuries. This will be your best ally in the future, case or no case. Try to leave everything as untouched as you can until police arrive, this will give them the clearest picture of what happened.
Obtain Information from the Driver and Witnesses
Either write down or take pictures of everything you can. License plate number, insurance card, name, address, and phone number of the driver are great for starters. Don’t assume that the police report will include everything, because it may not. It is also a good idea to start texting the driver right away, this creates communication and a digital paper trail for later on.
Get Everything checked
You and your bike should visit a doctor before you ride again. Today’s bikes can get hairline cracks that are almost impossible to see but could make it very dangerous to ride. Have your bike checked by a professional, this will make sure your bike is okay, and also create more documentation if it is damaged. For yourself, just like a bike, even if you can’t see an injury that doesn’t mean it’s not there. You can also have hairline cracks that may not be obvious or internal bleeding that can be very serious. Be absolutely sure to see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident.
Contact a Professional
Some accidents can be resolved without professional help, but more often than not, it won’t go as smoothly as you would like. If either your or the driver’s insurance company is giving you the run around, or if the driver has gone missing when you try to contact them, be sure to call an attorney. We offer a free consultation on your accident and will give you the best advice on what to do. Not only is the consultation free, even if you want us to take your case, you don’t pay if we don’t win. It really is a no lose scenario for you to employ the expertise of Utah’s biking law firm.
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