While you may appreciate the scenic bike routes in Georgetown, you have to remain aware of others on the road.
According to collision facts compiled by the Kentucky Transportation Department, 354 collisions involved bicyclists in 2020. While you hope to not become a statistic, take the following steps if hit by a moving vehicle.
1. Call 911
Regardless if you think you suffered minimal or no injuries, call the police. Injuries often take time to show themselves. A police report becomes an essential ingredient if you need to eventually seek legal help for damages suffered in the accident. While waiting, avoid interacting with the driver and ensure you leave the damaged property alone.
2. Document everything
As you wait for the police to arrive, take mental notes of the situation. Along with what and how it happened, consider any relevant conditions, such as weather or traffic. If possible, take pictures of the scene, including any damage to your property. Along with documenting the scene, document your injuries.
3. Seek medical treatment
After making the report, obtain medical treatment. This ensures the discovery of hidden injuries as well as provides proof of them. Whether you go to the emergency room or see your own doctor, ensure it happens as soon as possible. This provides you with the documentation needed if the situation results in filing a lawsuit.
Many collision victims fall into the trap of thinking their injuries lack worthiness of attention, both medically and legally. If they lead to ongoing issues, the above steps may help your case go more smoothly.