Tampa, Florida is blessed with a warm climate and lots of sunshine, so it’s not surprising that people spend a lot of time doing outside activities like jogging, golfing, and bicycling.
If you’re riding a bike and are involved in an accident with a car, you may need a bicycle accident attorney, and you’ll need to know what to do because your actions can have a significant impact on the outcome of any lawsuits that arise from the accident.
It’s very important that you wait for the police so you can get your version of what happened documented in a police report. If the police ticket the driver, that can be useful in settling with the insurance company. Sometimes a driver will apologize and accept blame at the scene of the accident, then deny it later, so the police report becomes important.
Report any injury, no matter how small, and seek medical attention so there’s a medical record on file. What seems like a minor injury can develop into a serious problem.
If possible, get the name, contact, and insurance information of the driver and anyone who witnessed the accident. If you’re hurt and can’t get the information yourself, ask someone to do it for you.
As soon as you can, write down what happened, how it happened, where it happened, and when it happened. Describe the road, traffic, and weather conditions.
Don’t talk to insurance companies until you talk to a bicycle accident lawyer because anything you say could hurt you later.