1) Don’t attempt to get up right away. While it may be tempting to get up and “walk it off” if you’ve been knocked off your bike, it’s best to take a few moments to assess the situation first. Sometimes it may take a while for injuries to take effect due to initial shock from the accident. Experts say that if, after a few moments, you don’t have any immediate neck pain, numbness or deformed limbs, and you were hit at a slow speed, it’s okay to slowly get up off the ground.
2) Turn in photo and video footage of the accident scene as soon as possible. It’s important to take photos of the accident scene, as well as any bicycle damage and injuries, just like you would if you were in a vehicle. Additionally, if you have a body cam that captured the accident, footage from the cam and photos should be turned over to your attorney and the police as soon as possible. If you wait too long, the car or truck driver could accuse you of tampering with the footage to take any blame for the accident off yourself.
3) Record contact information. Make sure to take down the phone number of the driver and that of any witnesses. Text or email the information to yourself, or have the other person manually input their information into your phone, to avoid any trouble identifying the right people later on. Make sure to save all text messages or emails exchanged between yourself and others, because you could be asked to provide it as evidence.
4) Don’t repair your bike until the case is resolved. Even though you should have photos of the damage to your bike and a police report handy, you shouldn’t repair your bike until the case is resolved. Often, your attorney and the court will ask to see the damaged bike in person, and a bike that’s good as new can hurt your case. Additionally, don’t wash or repair damaged clothing, as this can serve as evidence also.
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