I had the honor of riding with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, a tireless fitness advocate and accomplished cyclist, on Saturday. I’ve ridden thousands of miles on my bike, including the Hotter ‘n Hell 100, and used to ride a motorcycle.
Now that summer is here, more people are riding their bicycles and motorcycles in North Texas. And unfortunately a lot of them will get injured, some critically. I encourage my fellow riders to wear helmets and bright clothing, obey traffic laws, ride in large groups, and ride defensively.
What should a rider do if, God forbid, he is hit while riding?
1. Do not leave the scene. Call the police. Make the other driver wait. Make sure that a detailed accident report is written, as it will become extremely important in identifying the parties and the cause of the collision.
3. Get the names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, drivers license numbers, and insurance information from the other driver and witnesses.
3. Make sure photos are taken of all the scene, bike, other driver, his car or truck, and your injuries. Record all details, including location, measurements, speeds, etc. Preserve your bike, clothing, and all evidence.
4. Seek immediate medical attention.
5. Meet with a board certified personal injury lawyer who has handled bicycle crash cases and understands them. I know the law governing bicycle and motorcycle accidents, how to handle these cases, and how to successfully represent injured riders.
If you or a family member was injured on a bicycle or motorcycle in North Texas due to the negligence of a driver, you should an experienced Texas bicycle and motorcycle lawyer to handle your case — and preferably one who knows how to pedal or ride. Contact the Berenson Law Offices for a free case evaluation at 817-885-8000 or toll free at 1-888-801-8585 or here by email.