Bicycle accidents are a traumatic experience and it can be hard to think clearly when you’ve been seriously injured, but it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you are protected and able to recover fully. However, many people make mistakes after a bicycle accident that can harm their physical and legal recovery. In this blog post, we will discuss five common mistakes to avoid after a bicycle accident.
- Not Seeking Medical Attention: Even if you feel fine after an accident, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries, such as head injuries, may not be immediately apparent, and it’s important to have them diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
- Not Reporting the Accident: It’s important to report the accident to the police as soon as possible. This will ensure that there is an official record of the accident, which can be used in any legal proceedings or insurance claims. Some police departments may not come out to the scene of the collision if you were not severely injured, but all police departments must take a report if you show up in the station.
- Not Gathering Evidence: Gathering evidence at the scene of the accident, such as taking photos and getting the contact information of any witnesses, can be crucial in any legal proceedings or insurance claims. Document everything! There is no such thing as too many photos.
- Not Speaking with an Attorney: If you are involved in a serious accident, it’s important to speak with an attorney. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected.
- Missing the Statute of Limitations: In California, victims of a collision have two years from the date of injury to either resolve their claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance or file a law suit. A law suit need not resolve within two years of the date of collision, but must be filed before the two year mark. If the at-fault driver was a government employee the statute of limitations is shortened to just 6 months. Contacting an attorney promptly is extra important in these cases.
In conclusion, bicycle accidents can be traumatic, but by avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure that your physical and legal recovery is as smooth as possible. It is important to seek medical attention, report the accident, gather evidence, speak with an attorney and file insurance claim. Remember to prioritize your safety and well-being first.