If you are a bicyclist, you know how dangerous Las Vegas’ roads can be. Bicycle accidents are almost always serious and should not be taken lightly. Bicyclists have rights and are entitled to compensation when they are hurt as a result of a negligent driver failing to pay attention or failing to share the road. Accidents involving a bicycle can involve serious trauma to the body that is not always seen or felt.
In addition to contacting an attorney, if you are in a bicycle accident, here is what you should do:
- Always ride with a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact information, and a pen or pencil.
- Dial 911: call the police or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask someone to help.
- Always wait for the police to arrive and file an official accident report. A police report provides documentation detailing the incident, including the identity of witnesses.
- Get the business card of the officer.
- Leave your bike in the same state it was after the accident, if possible. It is best if the police see the accident scene undisturbed.
- Obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
- Immediately seek medical attention, either at the scene, the emergency room, hospital or doctor’s office. When in doubt go to the ER. Give all complaints to the doctor. Medical records are proof that you were injured and document the extent of your injuries.
- Take photos of injuries and keep a diary of how you feel after the accident.
- Never negotiate with the driver of the vehicle, regardless of who may be at fault. Get the driver’s name and his or her insurance information, along with the names of any passengers.
- Give no written or recorded statements to anyone.
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