Have you been involved in a collision recently? If so, then you may be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries. However, to do so, you have to act quickly and do several things to increase your chances of obtaining compensation.
Many people do not know what to do following an accident or are not sure how to act and where to go. Here is a simple checklist that will help guide you right after a bicycle accident.
Ask The Driver To Stay on The Scene
Once you realize that the accident happened, try and get off the road. Drag your bicycle with your, if possible, so that other cars do not collide with it. Wave to the driver involved that you are in pain and shout asking for help. When they leave their vehicle and come to help you, ask them to stay until the police arrive.
Take out your phone and call 911, or ask someone around you to do it.
If the driver refuses to stay and does not want to provide you with their ID or personal information, look at their vehicle and memorize their license plate, car model and the color of the car. Hold onto that information until the police arrive.
Our San Francisco bicycle accident attorneys advise you to pay attention to every detail because these details will help find the driver responsible for causing the accident. This is your only chance of obtaining compensation.
Talking To The Police
When the police arrive, tell them what happened, how it happened and everything you know about the other party (in case they fled the scene). However, if the other party remained at the scene, tell the officer what you believe caused the accident and call your attorney.
Once the officer is done talking with the witnesses and done writing a report, ask for the officer’s badge number and name, and ask for a copy of the police report. After that, go with the ambulance (assuming one arrived; if it did not arrive, ask the officer to call an ambulance for you).
Get Checked for Injuries
Going to the hospital is probably the most important thing that you should do after an accident. It is the only way that you can know for sure if you were injured in the crash, if you have any long-term injuries or if you suffered internal damage. By not going to the hospital, you risk suffering a life-threatening injury or developing a condition that could change your life (or end it).
In addition, you can use a copy of the doctor’s report, along with a copy of the police report. These two reports will help your attorney prove your case and secure your compensation.
As long as you were injured in the accident as a result of the other party’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Our personal injury attorneys will help you file a claim and secure your rightful compensation in a timely manner. Be sure to give us a call as soon as you are able to, without hesitation.