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1.Contact PoliceCall the police immediately after your accident to file a report of the bike accident. The police report is essential in every personal injury claim. The law enforcement officer will collect information from those involved and any witnesses as well as document the accident scene. From the 578 bicycle accidents in Pinellas County last year, 71% were investigated by the Local Police Department, 12% by the Sheriff Department and 16% by the Florida Highway Patrol.
2. Get a Police ReportYou should ask for a copy of the police report from the officer at the scene. If you didn’t, you should contact the police and ask for one. Our Pinellas County bicycle accident attorneys can do this on your behalf, and fast.
3. Document the Bike Accident SceneIf you can, document the accident scene with photos of:
- The road conditions
- The vehicles involved
- The license plates
- Damage to any property or physical objects
- Any tire marks on the road
- Your bicycle
- Your helmet
- Your injuries
4. Seek Medical TreatmentYour health should always be your priority – immediately seek medical attention for injuries or pains. This is also critical to establishing the link between the accident and your injuries. You may also find that symptoms arise in the days or even weeks after the accident (for example, this is common with brain injuries). If you notice any symptoms, visit a doctor immediately as a traumatic brain injury can be fatal. We understand that many victims are concerned about the price of medical treatment, but that is something you can recover through a successful personal injury claim. Read Related: What Are the Signs of Brain Damage After an Accident?
5. Do NOT Admit FaultIt is a common mistake for bicycle accident victims in Pinellas County to admit fault, either to the other party, the police or their insurance provider. Do not admit fault. Even if you believe you made a mistake on your bicycle, the reality may be different to what you remember. Our investigations will reveal the true cause of your accident, using CCTV footage, dash cam, witness statements and other evidence. If you admit fault, you surrender the chance to gain compensation as your insurer will always use it against you during negotiations.
6. Contact a Pinellas County Bicycle Accident Lawyer ASAPIt’s highly recommended that you contact a Pinellas County bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our team works on a no fee unless we win basis. So you won’t have any upfront costs. We can help you:
- Prepare your personal injury claim
- Collect critical evidence
- Communicate with your insurance provider
- Collect additional evidence or statements regarding your accident
- Calculate the true value of your injuries and damages
- Negotiate with the insurance company
- Prevent bad-faith tactics and manipulation
- Maximize your monetary settlement
7. Collect Evidence of Your Injuries and Medical BillsIn a personal injury claim, you will want to recover damages related to injuries and medical bills. To do so, you will need supporting evidence. From day one, ensure you are collecting and safely storing:
- Doctor’s notes
- Hospital reports
- Other medical records
- Medical bills
- Medication receipts
- Photographs of injuries
- CT Scans