What To Do If You’re Involved in a Road Accident

There are many ways in which brain injuries can occur but one of the more common is in bicycle related accidents. Even when wearing protective headgear, cyclists are still prone to damage to their heads caused by being hit by motorists or other road users. Unfortunately, the nature of head injuries is such that even a seemingly innocuous bump can lead to serious long term damage. In any situation where a head injury has occurred and you are not at fault you should contact a brain injury lawyer.

 Compensation Figures

It is impossible to say exactly how much a specific injury can bring, in terms of compensation, without knowing the specific details of the case and the injury itself. Factors such as damage to the bike and other equipment may be a factor in minor bumps. In major accidents with serious injuries, this is less likely to be considered important because of the size of brain damage and serious head trauma claims.

 Gather Evidence And Details

You should attempt to gather as much evidence as you can yourself, although your lawyer will obviously take over the mantle from you. They won’t be present at the scene of the accident or when you meet your doctor and specialists though. If it is safe you can consider taking photos and even approaching witnesses to ask for their personal details. Not everybody will be willing to provide you with such details, though, and your first priority should always be for your own safety and wellbeing.

 Collect Medical Notes

Keep notes from your doctors and ask for copies of medical records pertaining to the accident, injury, and subsequent treatment. All records should be kept with your medical details and these will be accessible when required but it can prove easier if you have a copy to hand when needed and this can ensure that the claims process runs smoothly and as quickly as possible.

Comments

  1. Oy – hopefully I don’t have to use any of these tips ANYTIME soon!

  2. Tammy S says:

    These are great tips. I hope we will never have the need for them. I really think the most important thing to do is to document everything.

  3. I think we should all print this and put it in our car…just in case. In times of stress, it’s so easy to forget things and this will be a good reminder.

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