If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Florida, you need to be smart protecting your legal rights. Follow these seven steps to help ensure that you will be able to seek maximum financial compensation for your injuries and losses:
Seven Steps to Take After a Bicycle Accident in Florida
1. Remain Calm.
While you’ve just been involved in a traumatic accident, it is important that you remain calm. Do not try to confront the driver who hit you, and do your best to keep your wits so that you can do what you need to in order to protect your rights.
2. Check Yourself for Injuries.
Are you bleeding? Is any part of your body swelling or bruised? Does it hurt to move? You want to see a doctor no matter what (see Step #7), but at this point, you need to try to decide if you should let an ambulance take you to the hospital.
3. Call 911.
After a bicycle accident, you need to call 911. You want the police to prepare an accident report, and you want to make sure that you get emergency medical treatment if necessary. Wait for the police and EMTs to arrive at the scene, and then make sure that you clearly explain to them what happened.
4. Get the Driver’s Information.
Hopefully, the person who hit you stopped and offered to help. If so, be sure to collect their name, license plate number, and insurance information. If the driver fled the scene, our legal team can work with the police to try to obtain an identification.
5. Take Photos.
Take photos of everything. Take photos of the vehicle that hit you, the road, the damage to your bike, your injuries, any traffic signs or signals, and the surrounding area. You can never have too many photos, and taking pictures at the scene will help ensure that you have a record of any evidence (like skid marks) that might otherwise disappear.
6. Call Us for Help.
We are available 24/7 to assist you, and we urge you to right away. If you call from the scene of the accident, our team can walk you through everything you need to do to protect yourself. We can also deal with the driver’s insurance company on your behalf so that the adjusters can’t take advantage of you.
7. Get the Medical Treatment You Need.
Finally, you need to get appropriate medical treatment as soon as possible and start keeping an injury symptom diary. This is critical for your health and your claim for compensation. Even if you think that you feel fine, you could have a serious internal injury that requires a prompt diagnosis. Our team can work with your medical provider to deal with the financial costs of your care while your claim is pending.
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To speak with a member of our legal team now, call 561.202.MORE(6673). Your consultation is 100 percent free and confidential, and we do not charge any legal fees unless we win your case. At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we help our clients Demand More® for their losses.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.