Bicycle and Pedestrian Collision Checklist
What you do and say if you are in a collision – including walking or bicycling – couldÂ make a huge difference in the compensation you may be able to receive for the damages you have suffered.
- Call and Wait for the Police to Respond
(in some cities the police only respond to crashes involving injuries).
- Collect Driverâ€™s, Passengersâ€™, and Witnessesâ€™ Information.
(Vehicleâ€™s License; Name, Address, Phone, Email; Drivers License; Insurance; Time and Location, including City, Street, and Approximate Address)
- File a Police Report. If you have to, go to the Police Station and file it there.
- Get Prompt Medical Care. Even if you think you are not injured, get checked out. Injuries can show up as long as a week later.
- Never Admit Fault.
- Take Photos of the scene of the collision, of damages to all vehicles, and of the motor vehicle and its license plate.
- Never Talk to Insurance Reps. They are paid to be nice and are not your friend. Their job is to save the insurance company money.
- Post Nothing on Social Media. It will be found and used against you. Ask friends and family members not to post anything about your crash or injuries.
- Preserve Evidence and Give Evidence Only to YOUR Lawyer.
(clothes, bike, bike parts, photos, medical receipts)
- Contact an EXPERIENCED Bicycle Lawyer ASAP. Check prospective lawyersâ€™ websites to see what results they obtained for others in similar situations.
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