The moments after getting hit by a car while biking are often disorienting and filled with pain and uncertainty. It can be hard to know what to do, how to do it, and why.
We never want you to put yourself in harm’s way after a bicycle accident. However, if you’re able, there are steps you can take to protect your future, your legal rights, and your ability to collect compensation for your injuries. Here’s where to start:
- Call 911: The responding police officer will create a police report outlining the details of the crash that will support your claim later.
- Get medical help: If you or anyone else involved in the crash is hurt, don’t wait to get help. Call an ambulance or go the hospital right away.
- Take down witness contact information: If anyone saw the crash, write down their phone number and contact information if you can. They’ll play a vital role in supporting your injury case later.
- Get the car driver’s information: Write down the name of the motorist who hurt you, their insurance information, and contact information, including phone number. If you’re involved in a hit-and-run accident, try to write down everything you remember about the vehicle, like its make, model, color, and license plate number.
- Take pictures: While it’s not always safe or possible to do so, taking pictures of the crash scene, your bike, their car, the road, weather conditions, and anything else that seems relevant to the crash can only help your case later. No camera? No problem! A cellphone camera is good enough.
Bicycle crashes can be very different from car accidents. One of the most upsetting differences is when the driver of the car feels entitled to leave the scene of the crash without checking to see if the bike rider is all right or taking any responsibility for their actions.
If you or someone you love was hit by a driver that didn’t stop, don’t wait to contact a personal injury attorney. While hit-and-run cases can be incredibly difficult, you still have rights and options.
Don’t Repair or Throw Away Your Damaged Gear After a Bike Accident
It’s understandable that, after a crash, injured people want to forget and move on as soon as possible. For this reason, it can be tempting to get rid of painful reminders of the crash, including your damaged bicycle, helmet, and soiled clothing. However, these items can be valuable evidence in your case; don’t get rid of, replace, or repair them until you’ve show them to your attorney and they tell you that you can.
What if I Wasn’t Wearing a Bicycle Helmet During the Crash?
While bicycle helmets can reduce some injuries, they aren’t perfect—and can’t protect you from every life-threatening condition. Currently, Texas does not have a statewide bicycle helmet law, although Houston does require children wear helmets while biking.
If the insurance company is blaming you for your injuries due to a lack of protective gear, call our law firm right away. While not wearing a bike helmet might trigger Texas’ comparative fault rules, you can fight back. Our team carefully investigates bicycle crashes, consulting with physicians and experts to uncover their real causes.
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