When you rent a bike, what do you do if you have an accident?
There are many things that must be done to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
This blog post will give you six steps to take after any bicycle accident.
Make sure you have your renters insurance and the company’s contact information
After you make sure you’re OK, the first thing you should do is call your renter’s insurance company.
They will be able to help you with the next steps and may have a lawyer on staff that can advise you further.
You should also get the contact information of the bike rental company.
This will be important if you need to file an insurance claim later on.
Having all the necessary information will help make the process smoother if you need to file a claim.
When claiming insurance, it’s important to have as much information and evidence as possible.
Take pictures of any damage to the bike or injuries sustained while riding
If there is any visible damage to the bike, take pictures of it as soon as possible.
This will help the insurance company determine what needs to be fixed or replaced.
If you were injured while riding, take pictures of your injuries as well.
The more evidence you have, the better.
You can even take a video of the accident scene if possible.
This will help capture what happened and could be very helpful down the road.
Check out the nearest hospital for treatment, if needed
If you are in pain or think you may have a concussion, go to the nearest hospital for treatment.
Don’t try to treat the injury yourself – you may make it worse. It’s important to get medical attention as soon as possible after a bicycle accident.
If you are not in immediate danger, you can go to the hospital later.
But, it’s always a good idea to get checked out after a traumatic event like this.
Make sure you keep all of your hospital bills and receipts, as they may be needed in order to file an insurance claim.
Contact a lawyer who specializes in bicycle accidents for advice on what to do next
If you were injured seriously in the accident, or if there is significant damage to your bike, you should contact a lawyer who specializes in bicycle accidents.
They will be able to advise you on what steps to take next and may be able to help you win a settlement.
Keep in mind that most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means you don’t have to pay them unless they win your case.
However, most of the time you won’t need a lawyer.
The steps listed above should be enough to get you through the claims process.
File an incident report with the police department that is near where you rented your bike from
If there was damage done to someone else’s property or if someone was injured in the accident, file an incident report with the police department.
This will help ensure that everyone involved is held accountable for their actions.
It’s also a good idea to contact the police department even if there was no damage or injuries.
This will create a record of the accident in case you need it later on.
Also, make sure to get a copy of the incident report for your records.
Send a letter to your renter’s insurance company describing what happened
Finally, send a letter to your renter’s insurance company detailing what happened in the accident and how much it will cost to repair any damage.
Make sure you have all of the information listed above to include in your letter.
This will help speed up the process of getting your bike repaired or replaced.
Hopefully, you will never have to use this information. But, it’s always good to be prepared in case something happens.
If you follow the steps above, you will be well on your way to getting what you need from the bike rental company and your insurance company.
Stay safe out there!
It’s always a good idea to have renters insurance, which you can usually get through your renter’s policy.
But what if an accident occurs while renting the bike?
Follow these steps for dealing with this unfortunate situation.
If you don’t know where to start or need help getting in touch with an attorney, contact us at our firm and we’ll be happy to offer advice!