There are a number of steps you can take following a New Jersey bike accident to help protect your rights. First and foremost, if you have been hurt, call the authorities. If your neck or back hurts, it may be in your best interest to stay right where you are until emergency services arrive. In such cases, it may help to call a friend to visit the crash site to collect information for you because there are a number of things that should be done immediately following the accident.
You will need the contact information of the other parties involved in the collision. Be sure to get the driver’s license number and insurance details. Try to get the name and number of anyone who may have witnessed the crash as well. If the authorities arrive, make sure to get your account of the incident in the police report and to request a copy of the police report. Take photos of the crash site, your bicycle, the car, your injuries, any skid marks, and other physical evidence such as debris. Last but not least, seek medical attention right away.
Not only will seeing a doctor help increase your chances of a complete and speedy recovery, but it will also help document the severity of the injuries you have suffered. It is common for insurance companies to offer inadequate settlements following a bicycle accident and having extensive medical records can help bolster your case.
If you have suffered a serious injury in a New Jersey bicycle accident, the Princeton bicyclist injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.