As the Bicycling Helmet Safety Institute explains, there are several measures you can take to reduce your risk of an accident or avoid serious injuries if the worst happens. Unfortunately, wearing the best safety equipment may not be enough.
If you were injured due to another driver's reckless or negligent behavior, then you may be entitled to compensation to pay for lost wages, medical bills and other damages. A Mississippi personal injury attorney from Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. can guide you through the claims process.
We will investigate your crash and determine if you may have valid grounds for a lawsuit. Call our office today at (601) 869-0696 to schedule a consultation.
Until then, read on to learn five steps to take after a bicycle accident:
1. Seek Medical Attention
The first step you should take after a bicycle accident is to seek medical attention. Even if you do not think you were seriously injured, it is important to undergo a medical evaluation. You may have an injury that is not immediately apparent, and if you fail to visit a doctor, then you may not be able to tie the injury to the accident if you bring a claim against the at-fault driver.
The doctor's record can demonstrate the extent of the injury. Any receipts can help your attorney calculate damages for health-care bills. Also, the doctor may recommend ongoing care, the cost of which could be part of your settlement.
2. Take Photos at the Scene
If you are physically able, then try to gather evidence at the scene. Take photographs that show the positions of cars, as well as property damage and injuries.
3. Exchange Information with the Driver
Be sure to exchange contact information with everyone involved in the crash. Record their full names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Also, make a note of each vehicle's color, model, year and make.
4. Talk to Witnesses
Establish if there were any eyewitnesses to the accident, and get their contact details. Witness testimonies can help support your claim - especially if the other driver was negligent. Witnesses can also corroborate your version of events, which can be important if the other driver claims that you were breaking the law and contributed to the accident.
5. Contact an Attorney
Finally, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can evaluate your case and explain your legal options. He or she can also help you avoid mistakes that could compromise your ability to recover compensation.
If your accident happened in Mississippi, then contact an experienced personal injury lawyer from Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. Call us today at (601) 869-0696 to schedule a consultation.