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Before doing anything, you want to remember to remain calm. And if you are in any high-traffic areas, do your best to get out of that area as much as possible, just to make sure that you are not in any further accidents.
Once you've done that, the first thing you'll want to do, super important, is taking a lot of photos and videos. Photos and videos of your bike, the accident, the area, the car that hit you, of yourself if you have any injuries. Make sure that you have everything documented, because you may need it in the future.
The next thing you should do is call the police to report the accident. You should request that the police come out so they can document it. Get a police statement. You'll need that if you end up hiring an attorney.
What you'll end up doing is telling your side of the story. But likely, the driver will tell their side of the story. It's good the police will be able to assign an at-fault party typically. And that's just going to help your case in the future.
A lot of the time we feel okay after an accident, just because we have a lot of adrenaline pumping. But there are injuries that could arise later that you aren't aware of yet.
So it's a really good idea to get that police report, in case you end up do having to seek medical treatment. Hopefully, that will be covered by the driver if they're at fault.
Next, you'll want to collect the driver's information, much like you would in a car accident. You'll want to take their driver's license number, vehicle identification number, license plate number, insurance information, policy number, phone number.
If it was a really bad accident and you don't want to deal with the other driver at all, having the police there will help with that because they can take care of the exchange of information. So it's another good reason to have the police on-site as soon as possible.
Number four is to seek medical assessment or treatment as soon as possible. Like I said earlier, you might not be feeling the effects of the accident right away. You might feel good because you have high adrenaline at that moment. But there are issues that could arise later. It's happened to me before in car accidents. So it's a good idea to go to urgent care or go to your doctor and just get a full assessment to make sure that there aren't any injuries that you are not aware of yet.
Lastly, consult with an injury attorney or accident attorney, or lawyer, especially if you are suffering from any injuries, or if your bike was damaged or lost in the accident. You don't want to go up against someone else's insurance on your own. It will really help to have someone experienced and professional to deal with that.
Plus, no one likes dealing with insurance or dealing with accidents. So it's just easier to have a professional take care of it.
Those are my tips on what to do if you get hit by a car while biking. I hope it never happens to you. I hope it never happens to me; it hasn't so far. But it's good information to know because it's hard to think of what to do in the moment. We can get so flustered, and it can just help to have this information in the back of your mind that you can turn to if you need it.
But I hope this doesn't deter you from riding your bike, because there are so many physical, mental benefits to riding your bike. It's so much fun. So don't let this scare you. Just have this information if you need it.
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