Get Medical Treatment Immediately
Sometimes you do not start to feel the pain until a day or two after an accident. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible and continue treatment plans recommended by your provider.
Maintain detailed records of your injuries, treatment and recovery, request a copy of the accident report and witness statements, and collect your automobile insurance coverage information.
Review Your Automobile Insurance Policy
You may have uninsured or underinsured insurance coverage or medical payments coverage on your automobile policy that can apply to your bicycle accident case (even though you were not using your automobile).
Verify the Police Report Is Accurate
If it is not accurate, contact the officer to report any changes.
Do Not Give Recorded Statements to Any Insurance Company – Even Your Own
It is too easy to accidentally say things that will damage your case.
Never Sign Paperwork From an Insurance Company Before an Attorney has Reviewed It
Often the ‘at-fault’ insurance company will ask you to sign ‘standard paperwork’ including medical authorizations. Providing them with an authorization can potentially give them unlimited access to your medical history that can damage your case.
Do Not Rush to Accept an Offer
Never sign a release or take money until you know the long-term impact of your injuries, economic losses, and other damages. Insurance companies like to settle bicycle accident claims quickly – often before the full extent of your injuries is known.