Accidents happen every day and we aren’t often prepared for them because they are, by nature, sudden and unexpected. Suffering a personal injury when involved in an accident complicates the situation further, as emergency medical attention is necessary. If you are involved in a bike crash with another driver or rider, your Eldersburg bicycle accident lawyer can help.
In addition, you should follow these necessary steps when you find yourself in an accident while riding a bicycle in order to enable a smoother liability or legal claims process and ensure your lawyer has everything he needs to get you what you need:
Step #1: Call 9-1-1
If anyone involved in the accident has been injured, make sure you or another person nearby calls an emergency medical service. Even if you only feel a slight amount of pain, there could be more damage done than you are able to see or feel until the day after the accident.
Step #2: Document as much as possible from the accident.
Exchange contact information with anyone else involved, gather statements from nearby witnesses, take photos of injuries and the accident site, write down your own statement of what occurred, and make note of any verbal interactions between yourself and others directly involved in the accident.
Step #3: Monitor your health.
Keep all of your scheduled doctor appointments and see a specialist if it is recommended by your primary physician.
Step #4: Call a reputable personal injury lawyer.
If you are injured in an accident, you’re likely eligible for the reimbursement of medical and other costs incurred while recovering. The right lawyer will do all they can to ensure you receive the treatment and compensation you deserve.
It’s important to note that there a defense to a tort claim exists that bars a plaintiff involved in an accident from any recovery cost reimbursements if it can be shown that they contributed to their injury as a result of their own negligence. This defense can be applied only to accidents in Maryland, Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia. Washington D.C. follows the contributory negligence model but has exceptions for car accidents that involve bicycles and pedestrians.
Ross W. Albers is an experienced Eldersburg bicycle accident lawyer. Our office handles cases of many kinds, from personal injury and DUI to criminal defense and medical malpractice. Contact us for more information on how we can help you after being involved in a bicycle accident or other situation that caused personal injury.