For some Wisconsin residents, bicycles are a fun form of exercise and recreation. For others, they serve as an alternative form of transportation with economic and environmental benefits.
Whether they are riding for transportation or purely for fun, cyclists face significant risk of injury if they are involved in an accident with a car, truck, or other vehicle. Even cyclists who are diligent about their safety may find themselves involved in an accident.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE IN A BICYCLE ACCIDENT?
Bicycle accidents can be harrowing incidents, and frequently involve serious injury when cars or trucks are involved. The chaos immediately following a crash can lead people to make mistakes when it comes time to make an insurance claim.
The first and foremost concern you should have after an accident is for any potential injury. If you are seriously hurt, it is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately before anything else.
How to Proceed
Wait for the police to get there - Never walk away from an accident with a phone number and a promise from the at-fault driver, even if you do not think that you are seriously hurt. If at all possible, it is best to wait for the police to arrive for a report to be made. There are a few instances when an accident needs to be reported:
- death or injury to any party in the course of the accident, or
- damage equal to or exceeding $1000.
If either of these applies to your situation, you must give notice of the collision to the police as soon as it is feasible after a collision.
Gather contact information - Make sure you do not leave the scene of the accident without the insurance information, driver’s license number, name, and license plate number of the driver. If possible, get contact information for any witnesses as well.
Document the events - As soon as possible, write down an account of the accident and record all of your injuries.
Seek professional advice - Before you speak with an insurance company, speak with an attorney to make sure that you are fully aware of the laws regarding your accident and how you should proceed.
How can Habush Help?
Cycling accidents that involve cars are extremely dangerous encounters which frequently result in serious injury for the cyclist. A crash is a frightening and chaotic experience, and it is all too easy to make mistakes in the aftermath of the event, leaving you vulnerable to being taken advantage of financially when it comes time to pay for your injuries.
At Habush Habush & Rottier, we understand the dangers that bicyclists may face when riding on streets and roadways. Several members of our staff and legal team are cyclists themselves, and we are committed to protecting the health and well-being of cyclists across Wisconsin.
If you or someone you know has been injured on a bicycle because of a reckless or negligent driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Our bicycle accident attorneys understand that the injuries associated with car accidents can be expensive, so we are dedicated to helping our clients earn compensation for accidents which are not their fault.
Contact the personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier today at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) to speak with a qualified member of our legal team and discuss the details of your potential case.