Bike accidents are scary events. Completely mismatched in both size and weight with cars, the biker and his or her vehicle usually bear the brunt of the impact when a collision occurs. If you have been involved in a biking accident, the moments following the crash are very important in terms of future liability and financial responsibility.
Assuming your injuries are not extensive or life-threatening, the first recommended step is to wait to for the police to arrive at the scene of the accident. It is important to file a police report, even if you do not think you have been injured. Many cyclists do not realize they have been hurt until several hours after the crash. If you leave the scene before the police report is finished, you will never have a chance to legally identify the driver of the automobile.
Additional steps include telling the police your version of events, obtaining driver and witness contact information, documenting what happened and your injuries for personal records, and preserving evidence, such as your broken bicycle. After following all of these steps, it is advised to contact professional, legal help, as many accidents between bikes and cars involve complex issues. Personal injury lawyers are adept at recommending additional steps on how to proceed, including insurance company negotiations and representation in a lawsuit if either your insurance company or the driver involved in the accident fails to comply with your wishes.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, it is imperative to seek experienced legal counsel to represent your rights. The Sheboygan personal injury lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you with your situation. Contact them today at (920) 459-8000 to discuss your legal options.