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I Was in a Bike Accident with a Vehicle. Now What?

If you have recently been in a bike accident involving a car, you are not alone. Approximately one-third of bicycle accidents involve a collision with a motor vehicle, and they are responsible for most severe bicycle-related injuries and deaths.

Protect Your Rights

It is important to take any bicycle accident seriously, even if you do not feel hurt immediately following the incident. If you have been injured in a bike accident involving a vehicle, make sure to take the following steps to ensure your rights are protected:

 
  1. Contact the police at the scene of the accident. If a police report is filed at the scene, it will support your case down the line when you are trying to submit an insurance claim or recover damages.

 
  1. Obtain the vehicle driver’s information. Make sure to get the driver’s car insurance information, license plate number, contact information, and address. If there were any witnesses at the scene of the accident, get their information as well.

 
  1. Seek medical attention. Some injuries may not present themselves right away, so it is important to get medical attention, even if you do not feel injured immediately after the accident. Additionally, insurance companies may claim you are not really injured if you did not get treatment after the accident, and may deny future claims.

 
  1. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Once you have completed the previous steps, contact a qualified personal injury lawyer who can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.

Involved in a Bike Accident with a Car? We Can Help

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Therefore, they are entitled to the same type of compensation as motorists should an accident occur.

If you were involved in a bike accident with a car, do not let your rights get violated. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys specialize in bike accident cases, and we are ready to represent you.


Contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. at (202) 644-8303 for a consultation with our Washington, D.C. personal injury attorneys today.