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A car hit me while cycling: Now what?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Personal Injury |

You’re biking through the spring weather, feeling the cool air hit your face when suddenly a car hits you. Now your face is full of concrete, scratches are down your arm, and your bike’s bent like a lug wrench. Does this sound familiar?

This – and worse – is an all too common occurrence for many who find the easy transportation of a bicycle useful. There have been 846 bicycle deaths, as of 2019, reported through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and you don’t want to be part of those statistics.

Here’s what you’ll need to know when in a bicycle accident:

Don’t wait: Call 911 for a medical evaluation and a police report

You’ll need immediate medical attention for yourself for any injuries you might have sustained. Don’t discount any injuries to your head. Head-related injuries may be latent and not apparent until after you leave the scene. Hopefully, you were wearing a helmet to reduce the most severe injuries.

The police officer on the scene will want to follow up with an accident report and take information from witnesses. At this point, you’ll need to provide any details about what you think caused the accident. During this time, look around for any bystanders who may have witnessed the accident and can support your report. Make sure you get their contact information. During this time, don’t discuss the events with anyone other than the police officer and emergency medical team (EMT).

Don’t count on the driver’s insurance company to play fair, if you’re seriously injured you need to protect your right to fair compensation for your losses.