A Virginia bicycle accident can leave you with serious injuries and trauma, but knowing what steps to take instinctively right after the accident can help you cope with the ordeal. The bicycle accident lawyers at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is here to give you some important steps to take after suffering a bicycle crash.
To Do List For a Virginia Bicycle Accident
- Remove yourself from danger. As you may be in shock, focus simply on making sure you are in a safe place to calm down.
- Wait for the police to arrive. Someone has probably called them for you already, so don’t go anywhere until you’ve spoken to them. You and the motorist are legally obliged to stay at the scene if there is property damage or any injuries.
- Don’t negotiate with the motorist. You may not yet know the extent of your injuries or the damage to your bike. While the motorist might accept blame now, down the line the driver may change his or her tune and deny the accident.
- Get the driver’s insurance information. This includes: phone number, name, driver’s license number, make of car, license plate number and insurance policy number.
- Get witness contact information. This includes the phone numbers and names of those people who saw the accident.
- Ensure the police take your report. Sometimes police will focus more on the driver’s point of view than the bicyclist’s. Include as much detail as you can when explaining what you saw, and stand behind what you believe to have happened. Also, obtain the accident report number and write it down.
- See a doctor and get a written evaluation of your injuries. Keep a log of your symptoms and take photos of your injuries.
- Keep evidence from the crash. Don’t tamper with damaged clothing, stains from blood, etc., and don’t get your bike fixed.
- If the insurance company calls, don’t negotiate. It’s in their best interest to negotiate with you and get you to settle for less than what is fair. Don’t negotiate, and contact a personal injury lawyer instead.
Contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC today by calling us at 703-906-4229 or send us an email and tell us about your case.