Bicycle Accident Lawyer
At William Mattar Law Offices, we handle motor vehicle accident cases involving one or more vehicles, including those involving bicycles. Because bicycles are so much smaller than cars and trucks, bicyclists often suffer serious injuries—both physical and emotional—after colliding with a motor vehicle. When there is serious injury or death, immediate action needs to be taken. Call us 24 hours a day so that we can help.
After the shock and trauma of a bicycle accident, it’s hard to know what to do. There are several steps you should take, including contacting a personal injury lawyer who focuses on vehicle accidents. The bicycle accident attorneys at William Mattar can help protect your rights so you can concentrate on healing.
10 Steps to Take After a Bicycle Accident
Following these 10 steps after a bicycle accident may help you develop a strong legal claim:
- Call the police.
Wait for the police to arrive at the accident scene, and remain there while they take and file a police report. The police may also ticket the driver at this time.
- Make sure the police report includes your account of events.
Tell your side of the story to police so it is included in the police report. Be sure to describe any injuries, even if they’re minor.
- See a doctor.
Even if you wear a helmet and proper gear, you can suffer serious injuries when another vehicle hits your bicycle. That’s why it’s important to immediately seek medical attention and have your injuries treated and documented by a professional.
- Don’t negotiate with the driver.
It’s best not to discuss who is to blame for the accident. Leave that determination up to the police and your attorney.
- Collect contact information.If you can, don’t leave the scene of the accident without writing down the name, phone number, and address of the driver who hit you.
- If possible, take photos.
Photographic documentation of damages to your property or person could be helpful later on.
- Write down the details of your accident.
It’s a good idea to write down your account of what happened in the accident with as much detail as possible. Do this immediately as your memory of the accident can become fuzzy over time.
- Preserve evidence.
Don’t have your bike or any other damaged property repaired, and don’t wash your clothing. Instead, take photos of your damaged items and put them aside until your attorney says you can undertake repairs.
- Notify your insurer.
As soon as you can, file a report with your insurance company so they can start a file for your claim.
- Talk to a bicycle accident attorney at William Mattar.
Our firm focuses on motor vehicle accident cases. We know what to look for when investigating your claim, and we know how to help build a strong case for you. Let us stand up for your rights and help get you the compensation you’re owed.
Get Help Now
William Mattar is passionate about the rights of bicyclists, and we believe you deserve to be compensated for your injuries following a collision with a car. We know the law, and we want to help you get fair compensation. If you’re a bicyclist who has been hit by a car in New York state, contact our bicycle accident lawyers today.
Fill out a free initial consultation form and tell us how your accident happened or dial (844) 444-4444 to speak with a bicycle accident lawyer from William Mattar now. When there has been serious injury or death, do not wait—call us 24/7.