Bicycle wrecks and crashes are much more common than people think. However, they are certainly less common than auto accidents. As such, many people who experience a bicycle accident find it difficult to know exactly what steps they should take after the wreck. Today, our law firm, Tolbert Beadle, would like to discuss 5 steps that you should take following a bicycle accident.
1 – Get Medical Care For Your Injuries
If you experience a wreck while riding your bicycle, the first step you should take is to seek medical help. Your health is the most important thing, and even minor accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries. Even if it doesn’t seem like you are badly injured, you should get checked out. Consider this: from a legal standpoint, it is important that you get medical documentation of your injuries for the sake of your case. If your law firm does not have documentation of your medical care, it is difficult to request an appropriate settlement amount.
2 – Take Photos at the Scene of the Crash
If you are physically able, make sure you document the crash with photos. Most people keep their smartphone with them at all times, so use your camera to capture any information that may be relevant to your case. Some examples include the condition of your bike, the driver’s car, the condition of the road, your injuries, and the weather. Anything that may improve your case should be documented to the best of your abilities.
3 – Keep Your Crash Off of Social Media
Although it may be tempting to share on social media what happened to you, it is in your best interest to avoid posting about it on social media. The driver’s insurance company will look for any reason they can find to deny your claim. One popular method insurance companies use is to look for inconsistencies between your claim, the police report, and what you have shared on social media. If you want to share your experience or seek support it is better to meet up with friends or family.
4 – Get Advice From an Experienced Law Firm
Hiring the right law firm is key to getting the compensation that you deserve. An attorney at Tolbert Beadle will be able to guide you through all the steps of the process. Having an experienced law firm on your side may be the difference between a successful compensation case and denial of your claim.
5 – Contact Tolbert Beadle if You Have Experienced a Bicycle Crash
The law firm of Tolbert Beadle LLC is comprised of experts on all types of personal injuries. If you or a loved one have been involved in a bicycle crash, we urge you to contact one of our attorneys today. You can get in touch with our experts by calling the Hurtline (1-800-HURTLINE) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.