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Post Bicycle Accident Checklist

May 11, 2021

Here is what you should do if you have been injured in a bicycle accident. Keep this checklist with you when you go out on your bicycle just in case the worst happens.

The Scene of the Accident


  • Take a deep breath and try not to panic – What you do at the scene of the accident could help your case. At the same time, do not talk about the accident with the driver or get into any kind of a fight.
  • Call the police – Law enforcement could come to the scene and fill out an accident report that could say what happened.
  • Obtain the driver’s information – You need: 1) Their driver’s license number 2) Auto insurance information 3) Phone number 4) License plate number 5) Address
  • Try to get pictures – If you are able to take pictures of the scene, including skid marks, damage to your bike, and the position of the car, it could help your case. If you cannot take these, ask someone else. 
  • Get witness information – Speak to people who saw the accident. Ask them what they saw and get their contact information. 
  • Get medical help – If you have been injured, ask for medical help. It is always better to get checked out at the scene so your injuries can be connected to the accident.
  • Call a lawyer – We recognize that much of this may be difficult when you are injured. Call an attorney from the scene of the accident so they could get to the scene to gather evidence. Reach out to our office, and we can send someone to the scene to help. 

After the Accident

  • Get medical help – If you have not already been fully diagnosed in the immediate aftermath of the accident, visit doctors to get a full battery of medical tests. In order to be fairly compensated, you need to know the full extent of your injuries.
  • Speak to a lawyer – A knowledgeable attorney is the key to being informed about your options and beginning the legal process. Contact our law firm to schedule your free initial consultation.
  • Save the evidence – Things such as your bicycle, the clothing you were wearing, and any pictures could be proof that could show what happened in your crash. Make sure to leave them undisturbed and keep everything in a safe place. 
  • Document your experience – Keep a journal of what you have gone through in the days after the accident, including the pain that you felt each day. This could be important in documenting the pain and suffering that legally entitles you to compensation. 
  • Don’t talk about the accident – Resist the urge to post anything on social media about the accident since it may be used against you. Also, if an insurance company tries to call you, do not speak with them and tell them to contact your lawyer. They will try to use every trick that they can to get you to say something that could harm your case.

Remember, an attorney from Bogaards Law could help safeguard your legal interests after a bicycle accident. Contact our office to learn more today. 


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