Many bicyclists are out on Iowa roads enjoying the warm summer weather. Although bicyclists are legally entitled to “share the road” with other drivers, they are in a potentially vulnerable position when traveling along the same routes as cars, trucks and other vehicles. When accidents happen, it is important to protect yourself legally in case you are injured.
If you are riding a bike and are hit by a car, it is important to wait for the police to arrive so that you can file a report if you are able to. Although it may seem minor at the time, your injuries can later develop into serious and permanent problems so it is important to hold an at-fault driver accountable.
Make a point to have your story included in the police report taken at the scene. Sometimes officers neglect to talk to the cyclist even though your version of events is very important. You may amend the report later if the officer fails to get your side of the story.
If at all possible, get the name, address and telephone number of the driver along with their driver’s license number, vehicle license and insurance information. If there are witnesses to the accident, ask them for their contact information or request that a bystander assist you if you are unable.
Be sure to document details regarding the accident. Include what happened, how the accident occurred, when and where it happened and the conditions. Seek medical attention to have your injuries documented and photographed.
As accidents between bikes and cars involve complex legal issues, contact a personal injury attorney who can advise you how to proceed, negotiate with insurers, or represent you in a lawsuit as necessary. If you are injured in an Iowa car and bicycle accident, contact the car and bicycle accidents attorney Marc A. Humphrey at 515-331-3510 for help.