Chicago Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you had a bike accident, you would benefit by talking to a Chicago Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
Chicago Bicycle Accident Lawyer, Scott DeSalvo here.
Today we are going to talk about how you can protect your rights if you have been injured in a bike accident.
I have been representing a lot of people who have been involved in a bicycle accident lately. Knowing what to do after a bike accident is very important. It is smart of you to watch this video so that you can learn the three things that I tell all my clients to do after a bicycle accident.
Doing these three things gives you your best chance at a full recovery for your injuries. And not doing them might leave you at the mercy of an insurance company- and that’s not a position you want to be in!
The first thing I tell people that they have to do after a bike accident is make a police report.
Believe it or not, people involved in bike accidents which also involve a car, truck or motorcycle sometimes don’t think to get a police report.
Getting a police report is super important because the police report identifies who the other driver is, and it gives us their insurance information.
If there are any witnesses who are willing to hang around until the police arrive, then the police officer usually puts their contact information on the police report as well.
Independent witnesses can be the difference in cases like these so always notify police and get a police report.
The second thing I tell people to do when they’ve been involved in a bicycle accident is to make sure that they collect witness information.
This is hard to do if you’ve been seriously injured but doing it is key. Even the bicycling experts say it is important to do.
I’ve had clients who were actually driven to the hospital by an independent witness but never thought to ask for a name or get their phone number.
Having a witness is huge in these cases because the number one defense in bicycle accident cases is that they say the bicyclist came out of nowhere and darted in front of the car.
If you have an independent witness then that defense just isn’t credible.
Finally, the last thing I tell people to do is document your injuries.
If your bike is damaged, get an estimate and take photos. If you’re bleeding or have a scar or visible injury, take pictures and if you need medical, don’t delay in getting medical care.
- Third, document your injuries because otherwise it may help the defense.
Insurance companies love it when people delay in getting a doctor because then insurance company lawyers can say that you weren’t necessarily injured by the bike accident, you might have been injured in some other way.
If you do these three things, then you are well on your way to building a strong case and protecting your rights.
You can call at 312-500-4500.
Thank you for watching this video. I make videos like this to help people and to answer their questions.
I offer a free consultation in person or by telephone, your choice.
I can answer all of your questions with no obligation.
If you aren’t ready for that, I’d be happy to send you a copy of my "Injury Cheat Sheet" which will answer many of the most common questions injured people have after a bike accident. Fill out the form below and I will email it to you instantly!
Providing good information to injured people is the mission of my law office. If I can be of further assistance, please don’t hesitate to call.