When Ben, a high school, moved to South Florida three years ago, he started riding his bike to school. For the past couple of years, he never had anything more serious than a bruise on his knee when he fell while riding on the sidewalk.
He always felt safe on his bike, until one day when he was waiting to cross at an intersection. He pressed the button as he always did and the light turned red, When the walk sign appeared on the sign across the street he began forward motion on his bike to cross the street. Suddenly out of nowhere he was struck and laying on his back in the middle of the road. He didn’t remember exactly what happened but when he came to, he realized he had been hit by a car.
Stories like this one are rare, but they can happen. Situations like this are people’s biggest fear about using a bike as their main transportation. Now that Ben’s accident happened, what are the next steps?
- Seek Medical Assistance: Even if you don’t feel injured it is important to seek medical assistance. Have a paramedic take you to the hospital. In the event you do sustain injuries this will give you the required proof that your injuries happened from the accident.
- Don’t Move Anything from the Scene: Whether it’s your bike or other damaged property let the authorities look at the accident the way it happened. Also take pictures of the scene for proof of all damage that occurred at the scene.
- Contact a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney: We understand the laws and will help you with legal claims so you can get the money you deserve for your injuries and for replacing your bike.
Don’t forget to get the driver’s insurance and personal information. The sooner you call a Ft Lauderdale personal injury attorney the sooner you will be able to seek legal advice of what you should and should not say in your statements. A personal injury attorney will also be able to properly document all injuries and treatments that will be required to show during future hearings.
Stay safe when riding your bicycle, take precautions when crossing intersections and if an accident does occur call a personal injury attorney from the Florida Law Injury Group who can help you get your life back on track.