In Florida, given the year-round beautiful weather, it's quite common to see bicyclists riding along the side of the road. Unfortunately, that can lead to more frequent bicycle accidents as well. Bicyclists are considered to be vulnerable on the road because of the lack of protection in the event of a crash. In Florida, being injured while riding a bicycle is far too common, and cyclists continue to suffer injuries at higher rates. In 2010, 4,610 cyclists in Florida suffered non-fatal injuries after being involved in a motor vehicle crash.
Being in a bicycle accident is extremely scary, especially when a motor vehicle is involved. If you're a bicyclist in Florida, it's important that you know what to do if you're ever involved in an accident involving a motor vehicle. What you do immediately following an accident may have a big impact on how much you're able to recover for your injuries and damages.
Here are the best tips on what to do if you're ever involved in a bicycle accident:
Wait for the police to arriveEven if the accident is minor, it's important that you wait for the police to arrive so they can take, and file a police report. Often times, cyclists don't realize that they're injured immediately following an accident. If you leave the scene and later realize that you're injured, you may never be able to identify the driver in order to seek compensation.
As tempting as it might be to attempt resolving things on your own, don't try to negotiate with the other party/driver. In the heat of the moment, many drivers will apologize and accept blame, only to later deny that they were at fault. Instead, wait for the police so they can document everything into a formal police report.