Physical: Even minor collisions can cause serious injury to a person on a bicycle. Besides broken bones and head trauma, a cyclist may have a less immediately obvious brain injury or internal injuries.
Mental: One driver’s bad choice can change your life in a second. A violent, traumatic crash and difficult recovery are challenging for mental health.
Emotional: We understand: it can be emotionally exhausting to experience a life-changing crash, and then have to deal with the aftermath.
The most important thing you can do after a collision is to take care of yourself, and get the recommended medical treatment.
Kevin represented me after I was in an accident while riding my bicycle.
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– A Coluccio Law client, via AVVO reviews
Almost any real impact with a car means a bicyclist should get immediate medical care. The injured person may not have a chance to provide facts about the collision to the police.
The police get the driver’s version; and the person on a bike is blamed for the collision—no matter what really happened.
Collision facts, evidence and witnesses should be documented as soon as possible.
We recommend that you start a file of documents and information that includes:
- Your medical bills and expenses;
- Police or incident reports;
- Photographs of the scene, damage to your bike, and physical injuries;
- Any time lost from work, and
- All the documents from insurance companies or law firms.
If you own a motor vehicle, you may be able to access some of your car insurance benefits—see how to read your insurance policy.