Whether hit by a car or knocked off your bike due to poor road surface conditions, sustaining a bicycle injury is not fun. And sometimes, a bike injury can be very serious – in fact, a recent infographic (ladahlaw.com) shows that in car crashes, bicyclist deaths are more common than are deaths of car passengers, drivers, motorcyclists, or even pedestrians. If you are involved in a crash in Las Vegas, here is a checklist of what to do afterwards:
Seek Medical Care
You should always seek medical care after a crash, especially if your injuries are serious. Be sure to document the medical care that you receive and to follow your doctor’s instructions to a T.
Report the Accident to the Police
You should report a bike accident to the police, especially if the accident involves another party. You may also want to report the accident if you are injured or sustain property damage, and believe that the accident was caused through someone else’s fault. For example, if a pothole was the cause of the accident, you should report it.
Get Contact Information of Witnesses
It is important that you get the name and contact information of anyone who witnessed the crash. These witnesses may be key at a later date, especially when seeking compensation from an insurance company or pursuing legal action against an at-fault driver.
Learn the Law
In Las Vegas, all drivers are required to carry bodily injury liability insurance, and this insurance can be used to pay for injuries caused to others – including bicyclists – in the event of a crash. However, Nevada also has a law that states that a party that contributes to a crash may have their damages amount reduced. In other words, if you were partially at fault for your accident, you may be limited in the amount of money you can recover. Knowing the law – and your rights under it – is extremely important after a crash.
Call a Las Vegas Bicycle Accident Attorney
A bicycle accident attorney who specializes in serving the Las Vegas area can help you to understand everything there is to know about what to do after a bicycle crash, including how to file a claim, who might be liable for your injuries, how to prove fault, and more. It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible in order to ensure preservation of evidence, and that your claim is filed within the statute of limitations. Take action quickly!