What to Do if You Have Been Injured in a Seattle Bicycle Accident
Immediately following a Seattle bicycle accident, you may feel panic or confusion. However, it is important to take a deep breath and to remember that your actions may affect your ability to receive financial compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you can take the following steps to ensure that you are safe and that your rights are protected:
- Get to safety. If you are physically able to move, get out of the street. You are at risk of being struck a second time as long as you are on the road.
- Check for injuries. When adrenaline is rushing through your body, you may not notice that you have suffered a serious injury. Take a moment to check for bone fractures, severe lacerations and blood. You should also check your helmet to see if it is cracked.
- Call the authorities. You are going to be in a considerable amount of pain once the adrenaline wears off. You will want a paramedic there to check on your injuries. You will also need a police officer to file a report.
- Collect contact information. Try to remain calm when dealing with the car driver. He or she may be just as scared and traumatized by the experience as you. Get the driver’s license and insurance card, as well as contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Take photographs. It might help later to have photos of your injuries – your damaged bike, your cracked helmet and the vehicle involved in the crash.
- Wait for help. Find a safe place to sit and wait for the authorities. Don’t try to ride home as your bike may be damaged and you might be a little dizzy from the crash.
Last but not the least, it may be in your best interest to research your legal rights and options. If you have suffered an injury and required medical treatment, you might be able to receive financial support for your losses. Victims of negligent drivers in Seattle can pursue monetary compensation for their lost wages and medical bills as well as for nonfinancial losses such as pain and suffering. Please contact an experienced Seattle car accident lawyer for more information.