Bicycle accidents occur frequently in St. Petersburg. Last summer, the Tampa Tribune announced that Florida’s bike death rate is the highest in the nation. If you ride a bicycle it is important to understand that you are vulnerable on the road. Do not rely on car drivers for your safety and know what to do in case something happens.
Take These Actions After Any Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can be a traumatic and disorienting. Knowing what to do ahead of time can prepare you to take the right actions during a highly distressing moment. Here are five actions you should take on-site after the crash:
1. Call 911
Calling 911 is important for two reasons. One, because you need to ask for medical help if you are injured. And two, you need to get a police officer on the scene. A police report is an important piece of evidence for your case.
2. Collect Driver’s Identifying Information
Take the driver’s identifying information and insurance information. Make sure to take the driver’s name, insurance company name, phone number, and policy number. Also, record their license plate number, car make, model, and year. An easy way to do this is snap a few pictures of the vehicle including the license plate.
3. Find Witnesses
Look for witnesses and request their contact information. See if they would be willing to provide you with a written statement, then and there, while the incident is fresh. A written statement should be signed and dated by each witness.
4. Take Photos of Everything
Pictures provide valuable proof. Take pictures of the scene after a bicycling accident, including:
- The driver’s vehicle
- The condition of your bike
- Your injuries
Don’t be frugal with pictures if you have a camera or a cell phone on hand. They serve as invaluable proof and help to remind you of the details.
5. Silence is Golden
Remember that anything you say may be used against you. Avoid discussing fault with the driver. It may be difficult to think through things clearly under the circumstances especially if you are in pain from an injury. Leave it to the police to take the driver’s statement as well as your own.
The Bicycle Accident Attorneys at K Law are Here to Help!
Bicycle accidents can be traumatic and knowing how to act is not always evident. If you suffered while biking in St. Petersburg and have questions regarding your situation or your rights as a victim, don’t miss your opportunity to litigate. Contact K LAW or call today at (727) 201-8444. We are all the help you need!