Bicycle lawyers, like the team at Kass & Moses, have experience representing many injured cyclists. As a result of over 25 years of practice, here’s what we believe you should know following a bicycle crash.
Bicycle lawyers believe you should:
- Seek medical attention. Even if you do not feel your injuries are very severe, keep in mind that concussions and head injuries are very common in bicycle accidents. Even if you were wearing a helmet, these concussions can occur, and may not be evident immediately after the crash. It’s always best to see a doctor for a full assessment as soon as possible after a crash.
- Take photographs, get names and contact information, and if possible, get a police report. Take a moment at the scene of the crash to take some photos of your accident. Photograph any causative factors, as well as any damages. This includes damages to your bike, any paint scrapes, and the car that was involved, if it applies. It’s always good to photograph the license plate, as well, just in case. If you have any degree of injuries, we recommend you contact the police so that you have a concrete report of the crash. Also, make your own notes regarding just what happened. After a crash, you experience a tremendous adrenaline rush and your memories might seem very vivid. But those memories can change and be altered with the course of time.
- Do not sign or agree to anything the insurance company offers. Often, insurance settlement offers are very low and may not even be enough to cover your medical expenses. Never sign or accept an offer without first speaking to a bicycle lawyer. Also, be careful of anything you say to the insurance adjuster. Remember that they are experienced in negotiations and will try to limit your settlement.
- Contact an experienced bicycle lawyer as soon as possible. It’s best to get a bike lawyer on your side as soon as possible after your bike crash. The initial days and weeks can be very challenging, as you deal with injuries and the aftermath of the incident. That’s why it is important to have a lawyer on your side, to help you deal with the repercussions.
Contact Kass & Moses for a free, no obligation consultation. When you call, you will speak with a bicycle lawyer who will ask you questions about your crash. We will listen and provide an assessment of your case. If we believe we can help you, we will discuss the next steps. Even if we cannot personally help you, we can offer ideas to help you proceed. Call today to learn more!