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Getting into a car accident is an overwhelming experience. You are in shock because you never thought you could get into a car accident – and you have so much on your mind. If you’re injured, you can’t (and shouldn’t) think of anything other than getting the medical attention you need.
We’ve already written about what to do if you’re in a car accident on of the highway – but what do you do when you’re in a car accident in D.C., and you weren’t driving a car, but a bicycle?
If you were riding your bike in D.C. and you are hit by a car, you are more likely to sustain injuries than if you were driving a car. So if you are injured, your first responsibility is to make sure that you get the medical treatment you need.
Make sure you get the information of the driver of the car – name, address, contact information, owner of the car, insurance information.
You should also try to get a police officer to make an accident report. Make sure you get the officer’s contact information so you can get a copy of the accident report later.
This can be a lot to remember, especially if you’re in the overwhelming situation of being in an accident. Luckily, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) has created an app that can help.
The WABA Crash Help Kit will walk you through what to do if you are in an accident – it will even help you if you’re in an accident involving two bikes. It will help you record the situation, take notes, and it even references D.C. bike laws.
Some of the app’s most prominent features are:
- Record important data regarding the crash using your phone’s camera, voice recorder, and an in-app text notepad and drawing pad
- GPS locator lets you automatically add your street location to crash reports
- Email crash reports to yourself and WABA, or provide a crash report to a victim as a witness
- Look up D.C.’s bicycling laws and common enforcement errors.
- Provides nearby taxis or car service information
- Locate a nearby hospital, police station or bike shop
- Emergency flashlight
And if you’re seriously injured in a car accident, and you aren’t sure how to handle your case (or the insurance company) – make sure you get your free copy of 7 Deadly Sins that will WRECK your Accident Case.
You can also give us a call at (202) 393-3320 to discuss your specific case with us – if we can’t help you, we’ll try and get you to someone who can.