If you’re here, chances are you were involved in an accident where you were a bicyclist and you were struck by a motor vehicle in New York. I often get clients who make three common mistakes, and I’m going to go through those with you now.
The first common mistake is that people leave the scene of the accident right after the accident happens. They don’t think that they suffered a significant injury. They’re in pain, but they want to get to where they need to go, they don’t want to wait for the police, and they leave the scene. That’s crucial, big error number one. You want to stay at the scene of the accident. You want to make sure the police come to the scene of the accident. You want to make sure it’s documented.Mistake number two that I often see made is that the individual doesn’t seek medical attention early enough. I had a client call me the other day who was involved in a bicycle accident a month earlier, and she just went to the doctor the day before she called me. I asked her, “Why? Were you feeling any pain on the day of the accident?” She said, “Yeah my shoulder was killing me.” “Well, why didn’t you go see a doctor?” She said she didn’t go because she had other obligations and she just thought maybe the pain would go away. That’s a mistake. You need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The third mistake is – the same client – not calling me earlier. If she had called me earlier, soon after the accident occurred, I would have guided her through the initial process to make sure that the things she needed to do, she would do, so that it wouldn’t become a problem down the road.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured on a bike? You might be wondering “What mistakes should I avoid after a bicycle accident?” We can help. Contact a New York bicycle accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.