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What are the steps to take after a bicycle accident?

With many people riding bicycles in and around the Baltimore City area, there is always the chance of an accident. In some cases, a person crashes on his or her own. In other cases, the accident is the direct result of another party, such as the driver of a motor vehicle.

There are many things you should do if you are involved in a bicycle accident. First and foremost, make sure you call the police. Even if you believe the accident was minor and you are uninjured, it is a good idea to have police file a report. This can come in handy if you need to file an insurance claim or lawsuit in the future, as you never know when the other party will change his or her story.

From there, make sure you get checked out by a medical professional. Even if you feel okay, some injuries can take time to come about. Don't be shy about visiting the hospital, as it is better to be safe than sorry.

If you are injured to the point of not being able to leave the scene, you should wait for an ambulance to arrive.

Once your injuries are cared for, you can learn more about your rights as a bicyclist. This often times means filing an insurance claim to recover compensation.

Bicycle accident injuries can be very serious, due to the fact that the person does not have much protection between him or her and the road. Those who are involved in such an accident may have questions, leading them to eventually consult with a personal injury attorney.

Source: Active, "How to Handle a Bike Accident With a Vehicle" Oct. 20, 2014

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