Common Causes of Bike Accidents and Tips from a St Louis Injury Lawyer of What to do After a Bike Accident
When involved in a bicycle accident St Louis injury lawyer Ben Sansone has a few pointers to follow to ensure that you are covered should you need to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. See Also, St Louis Injury Law Article: Common Causes of Bike Accidents.
First, you must know the Missouri bicycle statutes. As a cyclist, it is important to follow the laws set in place just as motorist should. There are a lot of activist groups working to place stricter laws on motorists, more lenient laws on cyclists, and road compensations to benefit bikers. However grand the motivations are, we all know you cannot regulate or legalize common sense into people. Sometimes motorists and cyclist alike just don't pay attention for a split second and an accident occurs. If planning on riding a bike on a main road, having knowledge of what you can and cannot do on a bicycle should be a necessity before even purchasing a bike for that purpose.
Even spandex clad, serious bikers have a place to carry their identification and medical insurance cards. If you are involved in a crash, it is smart to have this information readily available to exchange with the police, other driver, or medical provider - should you be injured.
As with a motor vehicle crashes, do not discuss the whys and wherefores of the accident with anyone other than the police. Do not admit blame or blame the other driver. Contact a personal injury bike accident attorney. We have a lot of clients that call us to handle their cases after trying to negotiate with the responsible party's insurance company themselves. More times than not, statements made by the injured client, however flippantly made, are used by the insurance company against the cyclist to deny payment. In the same sense though, any statements made by the negligent driver can be used to benefit your claim.
Try to get names and contact information of any witnesses, as these may be needed during your lawsuit if a question of responsibility arises - which it undoubtedly will.
Follow up with a medical provider. Even if you are not in need of immediate ambulance transportation, go to the ER or your primary care doctor for a follow up visit. You may not feel the full effect of the crash until 24 to 48 hours after the accident. It is important to determine if there has been any internal damage done that will become problematic later.