The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 130,000 people get in bicycle accidents every year, and nearly 1,000 of those individuals die. Riding a bicycle, while a popular activity in Florida, is one of the most dangerous things you can do.
Even though a bicycle itself isn’t dangerous, traversing the many streets and riding alongside automobiles increases the likelihood of serious injury. If you ever get into an accident, follow these steps to ensure your rights are protected with a Florida personal injury attorney.
Always check yourself for injuries first, whether in an accident with a vehicle, motorcyclist, or cyclist.
Slowly move your limbs and look over your body when checking for injuries. Check for blood, scratches, broken bones, and debris. Even if it is not apparent at first, injuries can appear later on. Always be sure to contact local medical professionals immediately after an accident.
Whether or not there is serious injury, call the police so that they can take witness statements. Once you call, wait for their arrival.
If you get into an accident with someone without insurance or an active warrant, they may try to leave or convince you that calling the police is unnecessary–don’t listen to them.
While waiting for the local authorities to arrive, swap contact and insurance information with the other driver or cyclist. It is essential to have this information for the future.
Additionally, record any witness statements so there is no claim later on that you have tampered with evidence. The police will likely handle this step.
After collecting contact information and witness testimonies, document the scene, write down observations and take as many photos and videos as possible–you can never have too many pictures of the scene.
Since the other person involved in the accident is most likely doing the same thing you are (i.e., recording video), do not ever accept blame for the accident. Everything you say at the scene can and will be used against you in court and can keep insurance companies from helping you.
Even though EMS accompanies every accident, you should seek medical attention from another doctor. A second opinion can give you greater clarity on your injuries, especially since your adrenaline levels will be much lower after the fact.
After completing the previous six steps, find a reputable Tampa bicycle accident attorney who can help you. Experienced representation is crucial for winning your case, and your lawyer can walk you through a confusing and lengthy legal process.
If you or a loved one were recently in a cycling accident, don’t wait any longer to get the legal representation you need. Cover your bases with an experienced Tampa bicycle accident attorney from Inkelaar Law.
If you have been in an accident, give us a call at (813) 535-5574 or visit our website today for a free case consultation.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.