Coloradans are very active people. We love to hike, swim, run, and ride our bicycles everywhere. Cyclists and drivers are usually good at sharing the road, but sometimes accidents happen. Oftentimes the cyclist gets the short end of the stick, especially because most cyclists are not familiar with their rights. In this blog, we will discuss what to do if you are the cyclist and get into a bicycle accident.
Bicycle Accident Types
There are two very common types of bicycle accidents that you are most likely to experience:
- Right turn: the vehicle makes a right turn in front of you, cutting you off.
- Left turn: the vehicle making a left turn goes straight into the path of a cyclist riding in the opposite direction.
Just because you can walk away from a bicycle accident does not mean you should not take steps to protect yourself. Some injuries take a while to manifest – you might have big medical costs in your future for injuries that you cannot yet feel. The steps you should take are very similar to the ones you would take in a car accident.
- Call the police, even if you think the accident is mild
- Get the driver’s address, phone number, license plate number, and insurance information
- Do not admit fault or minimize injuries/damage
- Get checked out to make sure you do not have injuries you are unaware of
- Get your bike checked out
What To Do After A Bicycle Accident
If you have injuries or your bike is totaled, it is time to take legal action. It is crucial that you talk to the attorneys at Mac Hester Law. Bicycle accident lawsuits are one of our specialties, and we know all the ins and out of the legal world surrounding bikes. We will aggressively represent you and make sure you receive the appropriate reparation. Contact us today!