In this article, we’ll discuss the first steps that you should take after a bike accident in Utah, including:
- The things you should have done immediately following the accident
- How to obtain compensation from the negligent party
- The qualities you should look for in a personal injury attorney
Bicycle accidents wouldn’t happen if everyone adhered to the rules of the road. Don’t take the blame for an injury you know wasn’t your fault. It’s only right that you be reimbursed for your damages.
First Steps After a Bicycle Accident in Utah
Your physical health is more important than anything else following the accident. If you were injured, the first thing you should have done is get immediate medical attention. We can’t stress how important it is to get treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. Not only will this be beneficial for your health, but it will also help your personal injury case in the long run.
If possible, document information of the accident scene. You will need the name, contact info, and insurance information of the driver who hit you. Make sure not to dispose of any evidence, such as the bicycle, helmet, and clothes you were wearing. Also, be sure to document photographic evidence of the scene.
Filing a Utah Bicycle Accident Claim
In Utah, you get four years from the date of the accident to bring your claim or settle it in civil court. What you need to keep in mind is that you will not benefit from waiting to bring your claim. Your case relies on evidence and witness statements. If you wait too long, evidence disappears. To file a claim, you need to contact a personal injury attorney.
Choosing a Quality Attorney
To ensure the best results for your claim, you need to find a personal injury attorney with experience in successfully handling bicycle accident claims. Like many injury attorneys, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. During this consultation, we would encourage you to ask about the attorney’s prior successes and case results. Get to know your attorney. Is this someone you’d be comfortable working with?
At Swenson & Shelley, we give each case the dedication and undivided attention that it deserves. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Salt Lake City bicycle accident attorneys to discuss the first steps after a bicycle accident in Utah.
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