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What To Do If You Are In a Bike Accident

Posted by Jarome Gautreaux | Jun 02, 2015 | 0 Comments


Riding a bicycle alongside cars can be intimidating.   There's always the fear that a vehicle won't see you, or it might pass too closely and cause an accident. Accidents involving a bike and motor vehicle are not only frightening; they can cause serious injury or even death. 

Bicycles in Georgia are considered vehicles and subject to the same road rules as automobiles.   As such, bike accidents are treated much the same way that automobile accidents are treated.  

So what should you do if you're in an accident that involves a bicycle and a vehicle?

  • Most importantly, make sure that everyone is okay. If not, call 911 immediately.
  • Call the police. Even if you stand up and feel fine, you should still get a police report of the incident. Biking accidents create a rush of adrenaline, which can temporarily mask physical injuries. You may not feel the pain of a torn muscle or back injury until you've had time to calm down.   You'll need the police report if you later decide to recover for any physical or property damages.  
  • Exchange names and contact information, and be sure to get the driver's license number of all the parties involved in the accident. Don't rely on phone numbers alone. Someone might give you a bogus name and number.
  • Ask witnesses to tell you what they saw and make sure to get their contact information. 
  • Take pictures if you have a camera.
  • Don't assume you're at fault just because you're on a bike, and don't admit fault. It may be the driver's fault for not obeying traffic laws.  

Bike accidents are very emotional for both the rider and the driver. You will likely feel extremely thankful to be alive or angry about the situation.   Whatever you're feeling, try to stay as calm as possible. Don't rush the situation. Instead, look around for anything that might be useful later should there be an investigation, and be sure to gather as much information as possible about the driver, witnesses and the scene.

About the Author

Jarome Gautreaux

Jarome Gautreaux is a personal injury trial lawyer who represents people in Macon, and across the State of Georgia and other states, who have been seriously injured, as well as the families of people killed because of carelessness or negligence.  Jarome has successfully recovered for his clients over 100 million dollars in a variety of personal injury cases.  He is often asked by other lawyers to become involved in complex personal injury litigation.


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