Tips for New York Cyclists: What to Do If You Are In A Bicycle or Bike
- Get yourself out of danger. If you can move without further injuring yourself,
get out of the roadway or other places that still expose you to moving
traffic. If you can't move, make sure you are visible.
- If injured, seek medical attention or get someone to call an ambulance for you.
- Call the Police. At the time, you might think that you are OK, but you
may regret this later. You need to properly identify the other vehicle
or responsible party, and the police will help you do this. The crash
will also now be officially documented as to the time and place of the incident.
- If possible, look for witnesses. If you can't, get someone to find
witnesses for you. People may move on quickly, so it is important to do
this early on. Witness statements are crucial in Court and for the police.
Exchange details. You should make a note of vehicle registration plates,
make, color, and model. You should also have full insurance details, as
well as names and addresses. Get the names of both the driver
and of the vehicle owner.
- Gather evidence if you are capable of doing so, or ask someone to do that
for you. Pass this information onto the police and keep a copy of this
information for yourself. Use your camera phone, or ask someone to take
pictures of the scene. This should be done before the vehicle and your
bike is moved. Be as thorough as you can with your picture taking, including
the damage caused.
- Keep copies of everything. You should ask for copies of police reports,
ambulance reports, and also tell the police to keep in contact with you,
regarding any progress of the case. You should also make notes of attending
officers' names and details.
- If you are injured, contact a competent and seasoned attorney who litigates
bike crash cases.
- Property Damage - Bicycles need replacing and medical care needs paying
for. The best thing you can do is keep detailed receipts and the damaged items.
- Medical Bills- File a No-fault claim, or have your attorney do it for you.
Ideally, find yourself a good attorney who has experience in bicycle crashes
to help you file your claim.
- If you get a call from an insurance company, be careful what information
you give them. Your conversations are normally recorded and even an "off-the-cuff"
comment may be used against you later. If you have an attorney, refer
the company to them and make no statements at all.
If you have been in a citi bike or bike share crash, or know someone who
can use our help, contact New York's Bike and Cycle Lawyers, Flanzig
and Flanzig, LLP at 1-866-Flanzig or email us at