If you are riding your bicycle around Phoenix, you should be able to do so in a safe manner. However, since many drivers fail to be as observant as needed due to distracted driving or other factors, many bicyclists in Phoenix and the surrounding area are struck and injured each year.
When these accidents happen, the injuries can be serious and range from broken bones and lacerations to traumatic brain injuries or worse. Because of this, it is crucial you know what to do should you be involved in a Phoenix bicycle accident.
When involved in these accidents, always make sure 9-1-1 is dialed to summon police and rescue personnel to the scene. By doing so, an officer will assess the accident and fill out a report, which can be used by your personal injury attorney when planning legal strategy for a lawsuit.
Be Treated for Your Injuries
While at the scene, always allow rescue personnel to assess and treat any injuries you have. Along with this, also let yourself be transported to a hospital for further treatment. Since you may have internal injuries or a brain injury, never assume nothing is wrong.
Along with protecting your health, you will also ensure any injuries you sustained in the accident will be immediately documented in your medical records.
If you have a smartphone with you and are able to do so, always take numerous pictures of the accident scene. For example, if there are nearby traffic signals or stop signs that may have been ignored by the driver, take pictures of these items. Also, should there be skid marks in the road that indicate excessive speed or distracted driving may have been a factor, photograph these as well.
In addition, if anyone witnessed the accident, try to get their names, addresses, and phone numbers, as well as their statements as to what happened. By giving this evidence to your personal injury attorney, they will be able to piece together what occurred, as well as speak to any witnesses in order to gain additional details about the accident.