If you are a cyclist that is in a collision with a vehicle, it is important that you know your legal rights.
Cycling is becoming a much more common way for Albertans to get around. Unfortunately, with more cyclists sharing the roads, there is a higher number of vehicle/bike collisions occurring. If you are a cyclist that is hit by a vehicle, it can be physically and financially devastating. Here are some tips to follow if you find you are in a crash with a car:
1. Gather information at the scene:
Make sure you take note of the intersection where the crash occurred, the driver’s insurance and license information, any witnesses that are willing to provide you with their contact information. It may be smart to have a pen and notepad with you in case your phone is broken by the impact, so you have somewhere to take this pertinent information down.
2. Take photos:
Take photos of the damage to your bike, damage to any of your other personal property, any scrapes or bruises that appear immediately, and any other photos at the scene that you think are relevant.
3. Call 911 or go to a police station to report the accident:
The information you have gathered will be very helpful when you make your police report, so make sure to bring it to the station with you if the police do not come to the scene. Once you complete your report, make sure to get your copy. Double-check that your police report number is legible, otherwise write it down.
4. Call your insurance company:
If you have cyclist insurance, call your company and report the collision. They will inform you what benefits you are entitled to if you require treatment for your injuries. If you don’t have cyclist insurance, you may be able to get treatment benefits through the driver’s insurance.
5. Go to your doctor: Go see your doctor as soon as possible and report any injuries. Your doctor will help you decide if you need treatment. If your doctor prescribes treatment, be sure to follow through with their instructions.
6. Keep records:
Be sure to keep receipts for any repairs to your bike, costs relating to the accident, and contact information for all of your treatment providers.
7. Call the fiercely compassionate lawyers at McGuiness Law to make sure your legal rights are preserved so you can focus on getting better. Consultations are always free!