If you have been involved in an automobile-bicycle accident, you may be
facing injuries, doctor’s visits, the emergency room, and medical
bills. The good news is that there may be something you can do to hold
the driver accountable if he or she was at fault for the accident. You
may also be able to recover damages for suffering you experience. An
experienced bicycle accident attorney can help you file a claim if you wish to take action.
The two most common types of accidents that include cars and bikes are:
- A car making a left hand turn into the path of an oncoming bicyclist,
- A car going around a bicyclist in the bike lane and then immediately making
a right hand turn into the path of the bicyclist.
There are other factors that may lead to automobile-bicycle accidents including
road rage and
What to Do
Following a Bicycle Accident
Call the Police
It is always recommended to call the police following an accident. A car
on bicycle accident is no different. It is important to wait for police
so that they can file a police report. Let the police handle the situation.
It is better to deal with the police than to try to settle things with
the driver alone. Oftentimes, even if a driver accepts blame at the scene,
he or she may deny being at fault later. Additionally, it is beneficial
to give your statements to the police only so that the driver does not
use anything you say against you in court. In some cases, while writing
up the accident report, police only attempt to take a statement from the
automobile driver. Try to have them get your statement, as well. If they
do not, you can have the police report amended later on. Report all injuries,
however minor they may seem at the moment. Oftentimes, injuries worsen
in a matter of hours, so do not overlook anything even if it seems minor.
Point out witnesses to the police so that witness statements can be added
to the report.
Get Driver and Witness Contact Information
Get contact information from the driver as well as their insurance information,
driver’s license number, and vehicle license number. It is also
important to get contact information from witnesses in case it is not
included in the police report. If you are too injured to gather this information
on your own, ask someone to help you obtain it.
Seek Medical Attention and Document all Injuries
It is important to seek medical attention for injuries to take care of
your health. Injuries that seem minor at first can turn out to be serious.
Additionally, showing that you sought medical attention can help your
case in court as it shows that you were injured. Take pictures of all
of your injuries as soon as possible following the injury and start a
written log of all of your injuries. Take written inventory about the
physical symptoms of your injuries every few days.
Preserve Materials from the Accident as Evidence
Everything that was damaged during the crash can be evidence, so keep it
in damaged condition. Do not attempt to have your bicycle fixed. Keep
your clothes unwashed. Do not send damaged equipment to anyone besides
your attorney. Take pictures of damaged equipment.
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
Atlanta metro area attorneys can help you decide the best course of action
and provide the representation you need in a lawsuit. It is important
to contact an attorney before speaking with the insurance companies, so please
contact us today for your free consultation.