Riding a bicycle may seem safe, but when you ride in bike lanes on busy roads, you face the risk of getting hit by vehicle drivers. Bicycle accidents can result in severe and sometimes life-altering injuries because bicyclists aren’t protected from the force of a colliding vehicle. It’s essential to hold the liable party in your wreck accountable if you hope to recover compensation.
A Detroit personal injury lawyer from Christensen Law can investigate your collision and gather evidence to prove liability. If you were hit by a vehicle, the driver is likely at fault, but you’ll need evidence to prove it in court. Knowing what to do immediately after your wreck can help maximize your claim.
Wait for the Police to Arrive
When you’re hit by a vehicle while riding your bicycle, you should always call the police and wait for them to arrive. Even if you don’t think the wreck is severe, waiting for the police is essential. Once the police arrive, they’ll collect statements from you and the colliding driver. The police will use these statements to create a police report. You can use the police report to support your claim in court.
See a Doctor for Your Injuries
Once you leave the scene of the accident, you should see a doctor for your injuries as soon as possible. Regardless of whether your injuries seem severe, seeking medical attention can increase your injury settlement because you’ll have medical documentation of your physical condition.
If you experience more severe symptoms later on, this initial medical consultation will be beneficial because the defendant will have a harder time arguing that your injury occurred from an unrelated event.
Keep Records for Evidence
As you prepare to sue the liable party in your bike accident, you should keep records of everything, such as witness testimonies, receipts, and photographs. You can use any records you keep as evidence in your case. Having evidence to support your case will show the judge and jury that the defendant is guilty and that you deserve compensation.
Contact a Detroit Personal Injury Attorney
Recovering from a bike accident may not be easy, but once you’re relieved of financial stress, you can focus on picking up the pieces of your life. To speak with a Detroit bicycle accident lawyer from Christensen Law about your case, fill out the contact form below or call 248-213-4900 to schedule a free consultation.