What to Do if You are in a Bicycle Accident

Bicycling is a healthy, cheap and environmentally friendly means of transportation. Unfortunately, because cyclists often share the road with cars and other motor vehicles, it can also be dangerous. Bicycle accident lawyers in Hanover, Maryland can help you if you are in a bicycle accident that isn’t your fault.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you are ever in a bicycling accident:

  • Don’t flee. Even if you are not injured, you should wait for the police to arrive. Not only is it illegal to flee the scene of an accident, but you also may have injuries you do not know about because of the adrenaline rush.
  • Seek medical care. Make sure you receive medical attention immediately after the accident. Save all bills and documents from the health care provider.
  • Get information. Obtain the name, address, phone number and insurance information of the driver who hit you. If there are any witnesses on the scene, get their names and other essential information as well.
  • Write it down. After the accident when you have some time, write down everything you remember about the accident. If you have a camera, it is a good idea to take pictures of the scene where the accident occurred, and the damage done to your bike. Don’t get your bike fixed right away! You may need the evidence if you decide to file a claim.

A skilled bicycle accident attorney can help you file a personal injury claim against the driver who hit you. Contact the legal team at Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP for a free consultation today.

By Michael A. DeSantis | Published January 2, 2014