Personal Injury Lawyer
No bicyclist that collides with a car is going to get off without at least a minor injury, but in most cases, they’re pretty severe. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle collision, you might have a lot on your mind right now. The following are three questions and answers you may want to learn more about.
1. Do I Need to Call the Police?
You should always call the police when you are involved in a collision with a motorist. Sometimes a bicyclist will feel the injuries sustained aren’t serious enough, but that should never be a reason not to call. A police officer should make a report of the accident so when you go to file a claim, you’ll have all the evidence you need. While some police jurisdictions do not require a police report for a bicycle accident, you may want to ask the responding officer to make a report anyway.
2. Do I Need to Have Witnesses?
While witnesses aren’t required to prove the bicycle collision wasn’t your fault, they certainly can’t hurt. The problem with obtaining witnesses to prove your case is many individuals will witness an accident, but not stick around to give a statement or leave a phone number. If you do have time to look around and see who witnessed the accident, quickly ask them to jot down their phone number or send you a text so you can get in touch with them when your lawyer is ready to interview witnesses.
3. Do I Need to Visit the Emergency Room?
If your injuries are obviously life-threatening, it’s probably a good idea to visit the emergency room immediately following your collision. If your injuries seem minor, you could still visit the ER just to make sure you’re not suffering from something far worse than you realize. If you decide not to visit the ER, you should at least make an appointment with your primary care doctor so he or she can conduct a few tests to see how severe your injuries are. Visiting a doctor is also a great way to document your injuries so you have that evidence to use when you’re seeking compensation.
Getting More Questions Answered
Chances are, if you were recently involved in a bicycle collision, you probably have more questions. A lawyer may be able to get them answered for you.