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I was hit by a car while I was riding my bike in Iowa. What should I do?

The steps that you take at the scene of your bicycle accident and in the days following the crash could have a profound impact on your recovery.

At the Scene of the Accident

What you can do at the scene of your bicycle accident will depend on your unique injuries. If you are physically able to do so, then it is important to:

  • Call 911. This will dispatch police and medical first responders.
  • Take pictures of the accident scene. This may provide important evidence later.
  • Write down or record the driver’s name, license plate number, address, phone number, and insurance information. This will allow you, your attorney, or your insurance company to contact the driver later.
  • Call a loved one. You have been through a trauma and it is helpful to have a friend or relative help you get the emergency medical care you need and help you in the often chaotic aftermath of the accident.

In the Days Following the Crash

There are a also important things that you can do in the days after your bike crash to protect your potential recovery. Specifically, you can:

  • Follow your doctors’ orders. This is important to both your physical and legal recoveries.
  • Watch what you say to insurance adjusters. Anything you say can later be used against you.
  • Learn more about your legal rights. As the injured party, it is up to you to protect your rights. If you fail to take action before the two-year statute of limitations ends, then you will not be able to bring a claim for your injuries.

However, just because the burden of beginning the claim is on you does not mean that you have to handle the case on your own. Instead, you have the right to work with an experienced attorney who wants to help you get the fair recovery that you deserve. To learn more about your rights and for help protecting them, please start a live chat with us today.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham