What Do I Do After a Bicycle Accident in San Diego?

Road Bike Accident

Road Bike AccidentEven if you follow all the rules of the road, you may still be involved in a bike accident involving a negligent driver. Any number of factors can lead to bicycle accidents, from distracted driving to drunk driving, even something as simple as the sun being in a driver’s eyes. Getting into an accident with a car is a frightening experience, but it’s important to stay calm. Your next actions can be crucial in proving that the other driver’s negligence led to your injuries. Here’s a short guide on what to do after a bicycle accident.

  1. Get out of the road to prevent further accidents from occurring.
  2. Get the driver’s contact information as well as that of any witnesses. If you are unable to due to injury, ask a witness to do so and text/email it to you.
  3. Take a photo of the driver’s license plate, a photo of the vehicle and the scene of the accident as well as pictures of your bike and injuries. Record the time and date of the accident.
  4. Don’t try to negotiate with the driver – you never know how that driver is going to behave once he or she leaves the scene.
  5. Call 911. The police will need to interview you, the driver and other witnesses for a police report. Additionally, even if you do not believe you are seriously harmed, you should allow emergency responders to do a medical evaluation.
  6. Don’t fix up your bike until the case is resolved. The damage is valuable evidence for your injury claim.
  7. Keep records of any and all medical costs incurred due to your injuries and record any symptoms that might show up later of hidden injuries, like headaches or muscle pains.
  8. Photograph or record the driver’s auto insurance information.  (Drivers are required to carry an “Evidence of Insurance” document in the vehicle.)  Include the insurance company name and the policy number.
  9. If the police or CHP respond, tell them all areas where you are injured or have pain.  (If not, they may record you were not inured and the driver’s insurance company will use that against you.)
  10. Once you have been treated, discuss your case in a free, no obligation consultation with a personal injury attorney.

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