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3 steps to take after a bicycling accident

You were riding down the street in the bike lane when you were suddenly hit by a force from behind. You found yourself rolling over the top of a vehicle before landing hard on the street. You know you have a broken leg, and you feel like you have many cuts and bruises.

You are not the first person to be involved in a bicycling accident like this one. Drivers who don't pay attention on the roads impact cyclists who are obeying traffic laws, putting them at risk of serious, life-threatening injuries.

There are a number of things to do after an accident like this one, but here are the top three things to remember to do as soon as possible.

1. Call for emergency help, even if you don't think you're injured

The first thing you should do is to get medical help. As a cyclist, you have fewer protections against the impact of a vehicle, even at low speeds. Take the time to go through a medical exam. You need to document any injuries you have, so you can show that you were injured in the collision when you make an insurance claim or file a civil lawsuit against the negligent driver.

2. Take photos at the scene, or get a copy of the police report

The next thing to do is to take photos at the scene. It is reasonable to not do this if you're injured, and if that's the case, you should be able to seek out a copy of the police report. Speak to the police and ask for information about the crash investigation. Ask for witness names. You may be able to obtain photos from those individuals.

3. Keep your medical records

Finally, keep your medical records. Whether it's a $10 bill for a shot or a bill for a $500 ambulance ride, the cost of medical care adds up. Since you're not the person who caused the accident, you're the last person who should have to pay for it. Give this information to your attorney, and he or she can use it to help negotiate the best settlement possible.

These are just a few things to do after an accident. Your attorney can help you begin the claims process when you're ready.

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