What to Do After a Bicycle Accident in New Jersey
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After a Bike Collision
If you are a bicyclist who has been injured by a reckless driver, pedestrian or other cyclist in New Jersey, you probably have numerous questions racing through your mind, such as:
- What should I do or not do?
- How do I prove the other person is at fault?
- How can I afford to pay for my medical care?
Whether you have been involved in a minor crash or a catastrophic collision, you are entitled to take legal action if someone else is responsible for the incident. Do not let the careless individual or entity that caused your accident simply walk away. Please review the following information and then get in touch with the law firm of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. as soon as possible. Our experienced NJ bike accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve to move on from this tragedy.
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The Most Important Step after a Bike Accident in New Jersey
First and foremost, if you or someone you care about has been involved in a bicycle accident, seek medical attention. Even if the injuries seem to be minor, it is not uncommon for head trauma or internal damage to begin presenting symptoms several hours after the incident. Whether you go to the emergency room immediately or go in for an evaluation later that day, it is crucial to get a medical record of your injuries and begin any necessary treatment.
What to Do at the Scene
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you should take the following steps at the scene of the bicycle accident.
- Report the incident to the police to ensure that there is an official record of the event;
- Take pictures of your injuries, any damage to your helmet or bike, the scene of the accident and the other party's vehicle;
- If you are using a Go Pro or GPS device, save any video or data that you have recorded before, during, and after the crash to prove that you are not at fault for the accident;
- Get the other party's contact and insurance information;
- If there are any witnesses, ask for eye witness testimony as well as their contact information;
- Contact Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C.;
- Write down everything you can remember about the accident; and
- Do not give any statements to the other party's insurance company.
If you are unable to collect evidence or contact information at the scene of the bike crash, an experienced attorney can help investigate the circumstances of the accident on your behalf.
Protecting Accident Victim's Rights throughout New Jersey
In far too many cases, bicycle accidents go unreported or overlooked simply because motorists and even law enforcement officials are quick to blame cyclists. Despite this, it is your legal right to seek the advice and representation of a superior New Jersey personal injury attorney. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our skilled legal team will go to work to build a strong case on your behalf right away. But you must take the first step! The longer you wait, the lower your chances of recovering full and fair compensation.
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