Having your child involved in a bicycle accident can be even more terrifying than if they are in a car accident. They have even less protection from a much bigger, heavier automobile.
In Virginia, your child may be entitled to compensation for their injuries if a negligent driver caused the collision. They are relying on you to pursue their claim with the insurance company. Here are crucial steps you need to take for them immediately after their accident.
Leave the Bike Where it Is
While you should move your child out of danger, you do not want to move the bike. You need the police to see it in its location at the time of the bicycle accident. This will help them determine how the crash occurred.
Get Prompt Medical Care
Have your child examined by a doctor within 72 hours of their bicycle collision. They could have suffered a hidden injury or may not realize they were seriously hurt. You protect their health and avoid disputes with the insurance company by taking this important step.
Call the Police
Contact the police at the collision scene. After they complete their investigation, they will write a police report that could have helpful information, such as:
- Date, time, and place of the accident
- Details of how the crash occurred
- Negligent driver’s statement
- Witness statements
- Officer’s conclusions as to who caused the bike crash
- Any traffic tickets issued
Use your cellphone camera to take pictures of the damage to the auto, your child’s bike, your child’s injuries, the crash scene, and anything else that could be helpful. You may be able to use your photos in settling your child’s claim or at a jury trial.
Get Contact Information
You need to obtain the contact information for the at-fault driver and their insurance company so that you can file your child’s claim. It is just as important to get this information for witnesses. You may need their statements and testimony to prove that the motorist was to blame for the collision.
Retain a lawyer
You should retain an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. They will file your child’s claim, collect the evidence you need, and go up against the insurance company for the maximum recovery your child deserves. If your child was hurt in a bike collision, call our Norfolk office or fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation today to learn about your options and how we can assist you.