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What to Do if You Are in a Bicycle Accident

Posted by attorney James Parrish

Most cities don't have bike trails or lanes, forcing riders to travel in motor vehicle traffic. Oftentimes, motorists don't even realize when they are sharing the road.

If you are the victim in a bicycle accident, be sure to do the following:

  1. Stay calm.

  2. Call the police and file a report.

  3. Get the other person's insurance information, name, address and phone number. You will also want to record their vehicle and license information.

  4. Record contact information for any witnesses, and note any potential contributors to the accident (weather, road conditions, etc).

  5. If you have a camera or cell phone, take pictures of the scene and any damage.

  6. Seek medical treatment.

  7. Have your bike inspected for damages (preferably by a bicycle shop).

  8. Contact an experienced attorney.

Even if you aren't injured and your bike suffers no damage, be sure to report the accident anyway. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asks law enforcement to treat pedestrian and bicycle accidents the same way they would treat motor vehicle on motor vehicle accidents. Reporting your accident may help raise awareness for others.

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