What To Do If You Are in a Bike-Car Accident

June 20, 2024
Leaser Law Firm

Florida has some gorgeous bike-riding routes, but many of our state’s roads aren’t friendly to bicyclists. No thanks to a lack of bike lanes, bicycle-car accidents are quite common. Careless drivers cover every inch of Florida, and sharing a roadway with these motorists is quite a treacherous activity. If a careless motorist has hit you, you could use the help of a Florida bike-car accident lawyer.  

Below, learn what to do after a bike-car accident to maximize your chances of a fair settlement.

Ensure Your Safety

You should always ride your bicycle with the correct safety equipment.  A helmet is a a no brainer, truly, but also reflective uniform and reflectors positioned on your bike are a great help.  Depending on the time of day, you also want to incorporate a light of some sort, ensuring you are seen in any condition or around any corner.  

If you are unfortunate and involved in a bike-car accident, immediately move your bike and yourself out of the road. If you can’t move, have someone call an ambulance. While waiting for help to arrive, look yourself over for injuries. Head trauma or traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and abrasions are all common injuries in bike accidents.  Getting to a safe area is critical to prevent another accident caused by the stopped vehicle. 

Contact the Police

Call the police (or have the driver who hit you do so), and don’t leave the scene until they arrive. Leaving the scene before police arrive is illegal and could harm your case. You might lose out on compensation because fleeing makes it look like the accident is your fault.

When talking to the police, calmly report the facts of the accident. Do not yell or blame the other driver for what happened.

Collect Evidence at the Scene

If you can, collect as much evidence as possible at the accident scene before workers arrive for cleanup. Take pictures of property damage to your bike, all vehicles involved in the crash, and the vehicles’ drivers. Look for anything that might have contributed to the accident, such as road signs blocked by trees, and take photos of those.

Bike accidents that happen in busy urban areas often have plenty of witnesses. If you can find any, talk to them before they leave the scene. Record their statements and contact information so your Florida bike-car accident lawyer can speak with them later.

See a Doctor

Don’t assume you’re uninjured because you feel fine after the accident. Shock can last for several hours after a bike-car accident, making it difficult for you to feel pain.

If you don’t want to go to the hospital, you should at least see an urgent care or primary care doctor for an assessment. Doing this will create a medical treatment record, which your lawyer will need to build your case.

Don’t Overshare About the Accident

Talking about your bike accident with anyone who will listen is tempting. Whatever you do, though, don’t discuss the crash on social media. The insurance company can use anything you say online as ammunition against you, hurting your position during negotiations.

Speaking of the insurance company, be careful what you say when it calls for a statement. Insurance adjusters may try to trip you up by convincing you to admit fault.  Remember, if you have uninsured motorist coverage, it will cover your damages even though you were not in your motor vehicle. 

Call a Florida Bicycle Accident Lawyer

If you want to pursue maximum compensation, you can’t go without a bicycle accident attorney. Bike accident lawyers in Florida know the local laws and are prepared to negotiate aggressively for a suitable settlement.

Here’s how your lawyer can help with your bicycle accident in Florida:

  • They can collect and organize important evidence, including photos, video footage, medical treatment records, witness statements, and proof of lost wages.
  • They can advise you on what to say (and not say) to the insurance company.
  • They can explain your legal options, including negotiating for a settlement or taking the at-fault driver to court.
  • They can calculate economic and non-economic damages.
  • They can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.

For a free consultation with a Florida bike-car accident lawyer to learn more about your options, call Leaser Law Firm at (954) 233-3515.