Even the most safety-conscious bicyclists are at risk of getting into an accident. Other motorists far outnumber bicyclists on Tampa roadways. All bike riders should know what steps to take after an accident, whether they or a companion are the victim. Taking the proper steps at this critical point can make a difference in your physical and legal outcomes. Here’s what the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Matthews Injury Law recommend you do after a bicycle accident.
- Stay at the Scene until the Police Arrive
Call the police and an ambulance if you are injured. Motorists are legally required to stay at the scene if there are injuries or property damage. If you leave the scene without making a police report, you might not be able to track down the motorist later if you need to hold them liable for your injuries.
- Don’t Negotiate
Other motorists may attempt to negotiate with you or any other victims. They might accept blame and apologize, but now isn’t the time for negotiations. You have no idea as to the full extent of your injuries or property damage at this time. You also risk the driver changing their mind and later denying that the …