company, phone number and the policy number. If the driver does not own the car,get the owner¶s insurance information.
Witnesses? Get names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses
--themore the better. If there is a passenger in the vehicle, get his name and contactinformation.
Don¶t speculate about cause of crash
It is really true - anything you say can beused against you! Never make a statement apologizing for the crash or accepting partof the blame. It is not fair for an assessment of fault to be made immediately after theaccident, before the whole sequence of events has been analyzed. If another party tothe crash makes a statement about his/her fault, remember this statement and write itdown as soon as you can.
When the Police Arrive:
Request that an accident report be made
. Be factual and describe how the crashoccurred. Do not admit liability or speculate about your injuries or any other elementof the accident.
Get the officer¶s contact information.
Get the reporting officer¶s name and badgenumber, department or agency and contact telephone number so that you able tosupplement the report later, if necessary, and request a copy when it is complete.
mmediately seek medical treatment
, if you are hurt. If you are unsure as to theextent of your injuries, it is advisable to go to a hospital in an ambulance. A doctor¶sreport of your injuries is important if further legal action becomes necessary.
AFTER THE CRASH:
Don't ignore traffic citations
. It is usually advisable to contest a ticket, especiallywhen the penalty may include points on your driver¶s license. Hire an experiencedattorney to represent you.
Consult an experience attorney
. Bicycle accidents may have ramifications in trafficcourt, criminal court or civil court. There are time deadlines (statute of limitations/notice requirments
for making most civil and insurance claims that, if notmet, could terminate your rights. You should always consult with an attorney todiscuss your rights and responsibilities. The attorney should have expertise in bicycleand motor vehicle (no fault
law and should have handled numerous bicycle accidentclaims in the past. Most attorneys will meet with you free of charge. After an initialconsultation, you can make an informed decision as to how to proceed or whether youneed the assistance of an attorney.
Notify your auto insurance company
. Keep notes, ask about time lines. Complywith all requests.