Getting hit while riding your bicycle will shock and disorient you. However, if you can, you can take steps to protect your interests and establish the facts of your personal injury case.
Ideally, at the accident scene, you will:
- Call 911 for assistance or have someone else do it
- Avoid altering the accident scene, especially your bicycle’s location, before police arrive
- Ask the police to write an official accident report
- Refuse to give a recorded statement admitting fault
- Collect the police officer’s business card
- Gather contact information from witnesses
- Obtain the insurance information of the driver involved in your crash
- Seek medical help
These actions will create a paper trail about your accident and make it possible to collect additional evidence. Getting medical attention is very important because the medical records will associate your injuries with the time of the accident. Even if you receive first aid at the scene, you should follow up with a complete medical evaluation at an emergency room or clinic. You may have injuries, like head trauma or even a bone fracture, that you have not noticed yet.
Realistically, you may not have been able to take every recommended step at the time of your crash. Serious injuries could have caused you to be rushed away in an ambulance. As soon as you are able, talk to a bicycle accident lawyer in Las Vegas. A lawyer can delve into the details and handle conversations with an insurance company.