Bicycle accidents are very dangerous and many cyclists sustain significant injuries. It is important for bicyclists to know how to protect themselves and well as what they should do after injuries in Michigan bicycle accident.
According to statistics, in 2009, 630 bicyclists died on US roads and represent 2% of all traffic fatalities for that year, and 51,000 additional cyclists were injured. In addition, 69% of households own a bicycle in the state. As a result, Michigan residents own more bikes than any other piece of recreational equipment; this proves how popular cycling is and that we need to be more aware of bikes on the road. Bicycle crashes may not happen often, but it is important to know what to do if you are in a bicycle crash.
According to the League of Michigan Bicyclists, there are steps that a bicycle accident victim should take if involved in a bicycle accident in Michigan. These steps include:
- If you’re not hurt, call 911 for medical help for all parties.
- Apply immediate first aid.
- If you’re hurt, don’t move unless you’re sure you won’t hurt yourself more.
- Get the following information:
- Driver's name, address, phone number, plate number, vehicle make, vehicle model, vehicle year, insurance company, insurance policy number
- Witness' names and phone numbers
- Police officer's names and badge numbers
- Police report number
- If you have a cell phone with a camera, photograph the scene.
- Do not admit anything. Simply state the facts.
- Do not say you’re “OK.” You may not know until later. If asked, simply say something like, “I will know more after I visit my doctor.”
- If asked about your bicycle, say, “I will have to have a professional check it for damage.”
- Insist that the investigating officer records your account of the crash for his/her accident report.
- While it is fresh in your memory, write down exactly what happened.
- Call your own insurance agent.
- Keep a copy of all medical bills and papers regarding the crash.
- Keep and/or photograph any damaged clothes or equipment. Also keep receipts for replacement and repair costs.
- Have a mechanic make sure your bicycle is in safe working order before you ride it again.
- Contact your attorney, especially if there is any dispute as to who was at fault.
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