Actions Taken After Bike-Car Collision Could Affect Outcome of Lawsuit

If you own and ride a bicycle, then you should know which actions to take, and which to avoid, in the event of a bike-auto collision.

After the accident, call for arrival of police

• Await the arrival of those same officers
• That action increases the bike rider’s chances of identifying the at-fault driver.
• The same rider should try to get his or her story in the officer’s report. If that is not possible, then later steps should be taken to amend the same report.

Other actions suggested for any hit cyclist:

• Get the driver’s contact information and insurance information
• Get the contact information from any witnesses
• Upon arriving home, record what mind recalls of what took place, both before and after collision.
• Get medical attention; start a journal in which emerging symptoms can be recorded

Actions to be avoided by any hit cyclist:

Do not take steps to have the bicycle fixed. Instead focus on taking pictures of the damage.

Do not wash the clothes that might have become torn or stained by the forces that were created when the car hit the bicycle. Store those in a safe place. Those are pieces of evidence.

Do not misplace any gear or other item that was being used by the rider on the day of the accident. Any item like a helmet should be given to a hired attorney.

Do not get on the computer and start sharing news about the collision with those that visit a certain social media network. Instead, use the computer to collect the names of personal injury lawyers that could be consulted, and possibly hired.

What to learn when consulting with an attorney?

Has the same attorney handled other cases that had resulted from a motorist hitting a rider on a bicycle?If you were the rider, and you have failed to get your story in the police report, then learn whether or not the consulted lawyer could help with achieving that goal.

Learn how to share any pictures of the damage with the consulted personal injury lawyer in Algonquin. Should those pictures be sent to the lawyer’s email address, or mailed to the office address?

Get details on the attorney’s method for providing a client with updates, and for answering any of a client’s questions. Request guidance, concerning what facts to record about any possible symptoms; discuss those symptoms that have already developed, as well as those that could emerge in the coming days.

Be clear on details about the attorney’s fee. Does it copy that of most lawyers, in that it consists of a contingency fee? If so, then what percent of the settlement would be used to pay that particular fee? Be sure to share any concerns.