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Three important steps to take after a bike accident in Seattle

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Bicycle Accidents |

The bustling city streets of Seattle are often a mosaic of cyclists, cars, and trucks, and accidents may occur due to distracted driving, road hazards, or poor visibility. Injuries from these collisions range from minor bruises to more severe traumas such as fractures or head injuries. For victims, legal recourse is often available, and steps taken immediately after an accident can significantly affect the outcomes.

Although the steps for each case vary depending on the details, the following three are applicable for most bike crashes.

Step one: Personal safety

The first step is to take care of your own safety. If the crash happens when on the road, try to get out of the road to avoid another wreck. Once in a safe location, take a moment to evaluate your health. Do you need an ambulance? These accidents often result in serious injuries including brain and spine injuries. Recognize that even if you feel fine you may be in shock. This is a natural reaction to a crash and can mask pain and other signs of injury. Get medical attention, if needed.

It is also important to document your injuries and any medical care, both immediately after the accident and afterwards.

Step two: Report the accident

It is generally wise to take steps to better ensure the incident is legally documented. This can include:

  • Calling the police to the scene, and
  • Filing a detailed report, including witness statements.

If there were witnesses, try to gather their contact information. This can come in handy for the next step. Also get the name and insurance information of the driver of the vehicle responsible for the crash.

Step three: Gather evidence

Those who are injured by another’s reckless or negligent driving can likely hold that driver accountable for the accident. Unfortunately, bike crashes involving an inattentive driver are not uncommon in Seattle. A driver that is not paying attention and injures a cyclist is often legally liable for the expenses related to the crash. This can include both the cost of the bike, injuries, and lost wages. You will need evidence to build this case, examples can include medical documentation and a record of the police report.

Following these steps can help to preserve evidence and information that can help you build your case.