Many New Yorkers enjoy riding bicycles as a cheaper, healthier alternative to getting in a car. If you get into an accident, it’s important to know what to do afterward.
Call 911 for help
A bicycle accident that involves a motor vehicle can be serious. If you’re physically able to, immediately call 911. The police and medical personnel need to get to the scene of the accident. Get to safety and wait for the police to arrive.
Get the driver’s information
Get the name and contact information of the driver. You should refrain from chatting and just stick to the task at hand. Also, get their driver’s license, license plate and insurance information.
Get the officer’s information
Once the police arrive, you should give the officer making the accident report your account of what occurred. Ask the officer for their name and badge number or get their card. You should also ask them where you can obtain a copy of the accident report.
Speak to witnesses
If you are well enough, talk to witnesses who saw the accident. Get their names and contact information and have them write down their accounts of the accident. Or you can record their statements using your smartphone.
Take photos of the accident scene as part of your evidence. Concentrate on the road, your bicycle, the other vehicle and any road conditions and anything else that could serve as proof.
Seek medical attention
Seek medical attention as soon as possible. While you can be checked out at the scene of the accident by EMTs, it’s also wise to go to the hospital or see your own doctor later. However, don’t wait too long. You want to get a diagnosis regardless of whether you plan on filing a personal injury claim.
If your bicycle accident was caused by a negligent driver, you have the right to hold that person liable.