Cycling accidents are dangerous—whether the accident includes other bikes or a motor vehicle; aside from helmets, cyclists have very little protection in a collision. Even when a helmet is worn, a cyclist can still sustain serious injuries after a collision with a motor vehicle or other bike.
The popularity of cycling in the area in and around Arlington means that more cyclists share the roads with cars – and that trails can be crowded as well. While trails are usually safer than actual roads, collisions do happen. No matter where an accident happens or what form of transportation the other driver is using, you have rights after you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident. Learning more about what to do after an accident can help protect those rights after an incident and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
What to do if you’ve been Injured in an Arlington Texas Bicycle Accident
The steps you take following any accident or injury will impact your case and your ability to collect damages from the person who harmed you. By taking the right actions from the very beginning, you can protect your rights and provide the information your attorney needs to help you.
Seek Medical Advice
Some injuries don’t show up right away; head injuries without a visible wound, back and neck injuries can show up and cause trouble days later. It is important to seek out medical help after your accident, even if you have no or only minor visible injuries. Not only does getting prompt attention protect your health and wellbeing, it helps to document your case and creates a record of exactly what happened.
Never Admit Fault or Accept an Apology
The motorist who hit you may be very shaken up and apologetic – or even blame you for being in the way. As a cyclist, you have the right to use the roadways, according to the Texas Department of Transportation; simply being on the road does not mean you are to blame for an accident. Whether the other party tries to blame you for the collision or apologizes, you still need to fully document the event and pursue legal action if you have been injured. By accepting blame for the accident or even accepting an apology, you could be giving the insurance company a way to avoid paying for your injuries, so document everything fully without making any statements about your own part in the accident.
If you are able to, take photos of the scene, your bike and your injuries. Document the position of the other vehicle, any related property damage and any information you can find out about the person who caused your accident. Your attorney will be able to use this information later to build your case.
Cyclists Count, Too
If you have been struck by another cyclist and injured, you can still file suit against them to collect damages and compensation for your injuries. Don’t delay getting help after a bike accident, even if the other party was riding a bicycle as well.
If you have been injured in a bicycle collision in the Arlington area, we can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us right away to begin protecting your rights and make sure that you are able to recoup your losses after an accident, on the road or on the trail.