If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, The Sargent Firm Injury Lawyers is here to help. We are dedicated to representing bicycle accident victims. We work to make sure that the responsible party is held liable and you receive the fair compensation for your damages. If you find yourself the victim of an accident, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Dos and Don’ts
DO tell the truth. This seems obvious, but it is important to tell the truth of the events of the accidents.
DON’T argue with the driver of the vehicle that hit you. After an accident emotions are running high and that is not the time to attempt to speak rationally to the driver. Save your statements for the police and do not engage in arguments.
DO call the police or ambulance as soon as possible. If you are not seriously injured, stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive to give a statement. The police will take your statement and version of events. It is important to have your version of events recorded in the police statement. This statement will come be used in future litigation and settlement of claims. If you have insurance, make sure to contact your insurance carrier as soon as possible.
DON’T admit to fault. If the accident was not your fault, be sure that you do not admit to fault in any way. If anyone asks you to sign a statement of fault, do not sign it. You do not want this false statement of fault to be used against you in the future and affect your damages available.
DO take notes and keep records of events. Get the name, address, phone number, and insurance carrier of the driver. If possible, take pictures of damage, conditions, and the environment that may be helpful in future litigation or settlements. Take note of expenses that you incur as a result of the accident. This includes ambulance expenses (if applicable), hospital bills, doctors bills, and insurance payments. These expenses could potentially be calculated into your damages. Keeping an accurate record expenses and notes throughout the course of the lawsuit can save time and hassle in the future.
DON’T post everything on social media. Be wary of what you are posting on social media in regards to the accident. Social media posts could be part of discovery through the trial process and could potentially harm your case.
DO remember that lawsuits take time. Be patient and cooperate will each stage of litigation and that will help your case move along as fast as the system allows.
Reach Out to a Legal Professional
Finally, DO contact an attorney. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Having an attorney from the start can only help you. It shows that you are serious about your claim and the attorney can do the leg work for you, so that you can focus on healing and recovering from the accident. The experienced personal injury attorneys at The Sargent Firm Injury Lawyers are duly qualified to handle your case and get you the fair compensation you deserve.