What to Do After a Crash
Tips for New York Cyclists
What to Do If You Are In A Bicycle or Bike Share Crash
- 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 city 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 (866) 352-6944.
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