Bicycle Accidents

If you are involved in an accident while riding a bicycle, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Bike accident injuries may leave you with severe physical and mental pain, medical bills, and lost time from work. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle, call the experienced attorneys at Sutton & Smyth, LLP to take the first step towards receiving the compensation you deserve.

10 STEPS AFTER A BIKE ACCIDENT

Accidents between bicyclists and motorists are all too common in New York City. In 2020, there were 12,450 bike crashes, despite the pandemic.

If you have been involved in a bike accident, take the following 10 steps:

  1. Call 911 
    • Call 911 immediately
    • Request an ambulance if injured
  2. Get Driver Information
    • Exchange information with the driver
    • Take a picture of their license plate
  3. Get Witness Contact Information
    • Get information from any witnesses
  4. Tell the Police What Happened
    • Tell police if the driver violated any traffic rules 
    • Inform police of your injuries
  5. Take Photographs at the Scene
    • Take photos of your bike, the vehicle involved and any injuries
  6. Seek Medical Attention and Document Your Injuries
    • Go to the emergency room from the scene of the accident
  7. Preserve Evidence
    • Email any photos and information gathered to yourself
    • Keep any damaged clothing 
  8. Apply for No-Fault Benefits
    • Apply for no-fault benefits within 30 days of your accident
    • Contact a personal injury lawyer if the insurance company offers you money to settle your claim
  9. Get a Copy of the Police Report
    • The report will be available at the precinct that responded one day later
    • File an MV-104 form with the Department of Motor Vehicles if there are any report inaccuracies
  10. Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
    • Sutton & Smyth can help you take the steps necessary to get the maximum compensation available