Bicycling throughout the City has increased significantly, in part because commuters want to avoid crowded trains amid the coronavirus. Whether cyclers are going out for some exercise or on their way to work as an essential worker, biking in New York now requires paying more attention than ever.
The uptick in traffic and stress has also meant injuries to cyclists throughout NYC, as bicyclists have seen a significant spike in accidents in recent months.
The increase in cyclist injuries comes despite the number of people on the road overall decreasing as more and more New Yorkers work from home or are just home altogether having become unemployed due to the pandemic or sheltering in place in light of the pandemic.
What should you do if you’re involved in a bicycle accident?
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
The first thing you should do following a bicycle accident is to ensure you receive immediate medical attention for your health, safety and well-being.
Use the camera feature on your phone to snap as many photos and videos of the accident scene as possible. Include pictures of any broken parts from the car and your bicycle. Take pics of the car or truck’s skid marks, street signs, guardrails, or other objects damaged during the crash. Also take pictures of your injuries if possible, such as areas of your body that are swelling or bleeding. However, if you’re too injured to do this yourself, ask someone else to take pictures for you.
GET AN ACCIDENT REPORT
When the police get to the scene, make sure that an accident report is generated. The police report will protect your rights and may be necessary to help ensure you can recover compensation for the accident. An accident report will provide a record of the facts surrounding the accident. This report will also include the names and contact information of individuals and automobiles involved in the crash.
The report is also useful when referencing an accident that happened some time ago, as memories tend to fade with the passage of time.
CONSULT AN ATTORNEY
If you have been hurt while riding a bicycle, you need an experienced and effective NYC personal injury lawyer to help you pursue damages for all your losses. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC our accident attorneys have the skill, knowledge, experience, and resources to help you get the compensation that you deserve.