If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, first and foremost, take a moment to assess your injuries. If, for example, you cannot feel one of your limbs or are having difficulty breathing, you need to seek medical attention immediately. If you are unable to call 911 yourself, ask someone else to do it for you.
If You Are a Victim of a Hit-and-Run
One of the scariest things about a bicycle accident is when the driver of the vehicle flees the scene of the crime. If you are alone after a hit-and-run and are able to move, get out of the street as quickly as possible since you don’t want to increase the likelihood of being hit by a second car. If you are on a bike path and are mobile, move towards the street where you can be seen. Consider creating a flag out of something to alert passing vehicles that you need help.
If you can breathe and move comfortably, and the person who hit you has stopped, gather the following information:
- Their name
- Their mailing address
- Their phone number
- Their driver’s license number
- Registration information for the vehicle
- Their insurance carrier and policy number
- The make and model of their car
- Their license plate number
In New Jersey, drivers involved in accidents must also render aid, including taking the injured to the hospital if necessary.
If possible, take a moment to document the scene. Take pictures of the car, your bike and the intersection or area where you were hit. Document anything unusual, such as skid marks and overgrown bushes or trees. If there are witnesses, gather their names and contact information as well.
Seek Medical Help
Sometimes, physical injuries don’t manifest until hours or days after a bicycle accident, which is why it is always a good idea to go to the doctor, just to make certain you haven’t sustained any injuries that haven’t manifested just yet. Additionally, if you notice aches or pains in the days after the accident, take a moment to document these injuries. Note when the symptoms appear, and how long they last. For pain, grade the pain on a scale of one to ten. If it turns out you sustained serious injuries than you originally thought, this information will prove to be extremely helpful to your bicycle accident attorney.
If You Have Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the attorneys at Rosner Law Offices, P.C.. At Rosner Law Offices, P.C., our bicycle accident attorneys know that recovering from a bicycle accident can take weeks, months, and sometimes even years. We fight diligently for our clients so that they recover past medical expenses, as well as compensation for future medical bills, including ongoing physical therapy and rehabilitative services, if necessary. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by calling (856) 692-6500. We look forward to helping you get your life back on track.