What to Do After a Bicycle Accident in Pennsylvania

There are many people who choose to ride a bicycle whether it may be for leisure, transportation, or exercise. While this can be fun, bicycles can also be unsafe if riders are not careful. Unlike other modes of transportation, bikes do not give protection to those who ride them on the road. Bikers should always wear protective gear such as helmets, padding, and reflective wear. However, this does not always prevent accidents from happening an It is because of this that if an accident occurs, people can sustain significant injuries as a result. In these situations, it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney to assist your case.

What to Do After the Accident

Despite the hectic nature of being involved in an accident, it is crucial to remain calm and collected. Doing so allows you to follow the proper steps towards building a strong case and protecting your right to recovery. This can include the following:

  • Move the bicycle off the road to prevent further accidents.
  • Do not apologize, accept blame, or negotiate with the other driver involved.
  • Contact the necessary emergency services. This includes law enforcement as well as an ambulance if anyone is injured. It is important not to downplay injuries in your initial statement.
  • Complete an accident report with the police.
  • Obtain contact and insurance information from the other individual involved in the accident.
  • Document the accident. This can include where, when, how, and why the accident occurred. It can be done by taking pictures or video of the wreckage as well as documenting road and weather conditions.
  • Gather witness information for testimonies.

Seeking Compensation

People who are injured in an accident with another automobile often find themselves burdened with not only physical damage but emotional and financial damages as well. This can sometimes be rectified by receiving compensation that exists as coverage for these damages that stem from an accident. It is important to know that there is more than one way this compensation may be recovered.

When a person is involved in an accident with an automobile, it is important to understand what Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is. PIP is coverage that car insurance policies in Pennsylvania are required to carry. This provides compensation for those who are harmed in an automobile accident. The compensation can cover things like medical bills, lost wages, lost future wages, and more. If this does not cover all damages, the injured party may be able to receive further compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. This works to prove the other party was negligent, thus causing the accident and injuries. If successful, the injured party may be able to receive further compensation for uncovered costs. Any form of compensation allows them to recover from the accident without worrying about affording these costs. 

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