What to do if you are in a bicycle accident caused by a careless driver?
Details the actions needed after being hit on a bike by an unsafe driver.
Bike Accident1. Call 911 if injured!
2. Call the Police!
3. Absolutely and unequivocally insist that police report is filled out for the crash. Do not let the at-fault driver or even the police talk you out of it no matter what they say. The only one that benefits from not having a police report is the at fault party who may later deny everything. If they do, where is your proof w/o a police report? Amazingly, some police officers discourage reporting or may even try to broker a deal between you and the at-fault party. Don't buy into anything but a full report on the incident and an appropriate citation to the at-fault driver.
4. Record the driver's name, address, and insurance information, including the insurance policy number. Record it in your cell phone if you have no other means.
5. Take pictures of the crash scene, your damaged bike and the driver's license plate with your cell phone
6. If the driver fails to stop, try to record the license plate number, color and model of the vehicle. Absolutely look for witnesses that saw it happen and get their full names and addresses so you have independent corroborative evidence of the hit and run and you can then collect under your auto policy coverage for being hit by an uninsured motorist. (Make sure you have "U" coverage under your auto policy!)
7. Record the responding Officer's name, district and the report number.
8. Obtain the name of all witnesses, their phone numbers, and addresses.
9. Preserve all evidence. Don't discard your damaged bike, helmet or torn clothes.
After the Bike accident1. Call an experienced personal injury and bike lawyer for a free consultation and guidance on further handling of your claim.
2. Do not talk to the at-fault insurance company until you talk to an experienced bike injury lawyer who will help you sort out the bike, helmet and kit damage and preserve it as evidence
3. Mistakes can and will be made unless you swiftly talk to an experienced bike injury lawyer who is also a cyclist and bike safety supporter, lecturer and educator on bike injury and safety. A true bike lawyer.
By Kenneth Knabe, 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44140. Phone: 216-228-7200. E-mail: [email protected] Greater Cleveland's Bicycle Accident & Safety Attorney representing fellow cyclists injured by unsafe drivers. Championing, advocating and supporting the bike community through bike sponsorships and bike safety education. Knabe, Brown & Szaller Co. LPA: 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. Phone: 216 228 7200 . [email protected] www.brownandszaller.com