On January 17th, Partner Allan M. Siegel and Associate Ashley Page presented at the Washington
Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA) workshop “What to Do After
a Bike Crash.” This is the second time that Attorneys Siegel and
Page have presented this workshop to Washington, D.C. metro area bicyclists.
After a bicycle crash, your adrenaline may be flowing or you may be in
shock. Your inclination may be to apologize, brush it off, get back on
the bike, and keep riding. These could be serious mistakes to make, and
could interfere with your ability to obtain fair compensation if you are injured.
A few of the most basic tips include calling the police, exchanging information,
collecting witness information, taking pictures for evidence, and seeking
immediate medical attention. You should also not admit fault or apologize
until you are absolutely certain of the facts. In some cases, a person
may apologize and admit fault to a police officer on scene, only to realize
later that they in fact had the right-of-way and were not at all at fault.
This especially happens when a person may be disoriented or in shock after a crash.
Another tip is to avoid communication with the wrongdoer’s insurance
company until you have consulted with a
personal injury attorney, or until you are certain that you want to pursue the case on
your own. The wrongdoer’s insurance company is looking out for the
best interests of their company and their insured, and they will be diligently
looking for holes or inconsistencies in your story.
To learn more about the information provided in the workshop please check
out our eBook, “Top 10 Things to Do After a Bicycle Crash.” If you have specific questions please call or
contact our firm to speak directly with an attorney for a free legal consultation.