- Accident scene.
- Street signs and lights.
- Important landmarks.
- Vehicles/bicycles involved and the damage done to them.
Here’s What You Should Snap At An Accident Scene!
Photos can be very useful to build a bicycle accident case for an injured cyclist. They are important because evidence after the accident will be lost as people leave the scene, repair their cars, and as injuries heal. If you are in a bicycle accident, have someone take photos of the following: the accident scene, including street signs, landmarks, vehicle/bike/gear damage and traffic control signals, all from different angles if possible.
Here's What You Should Focus On As The Healing Begins!
Accident scenes may change depending on construction or even the time of year. Having photos will ensure an accurate portrayal of conditions at the time of the accident. You should also take pictures of injuries, both initial and throughout the medical treatment and healing process, as well as pictures of the victim in the hospital or receiving medical care, and of medical equipment needed for the injury. These photos show the extent of injuries and are more convincing than mere words from a doctor in your medical records.
What Else Can You Use To Help Victims And Yourself After A Bicycle Accident?
Many Chicago bicyclists are also utilizing video cameras on their helmet or handlebars. These small video recorders do an amazing job recording both the crucial information leading up to the actual collision and the moments following. Understandably, these videos can have a real impact on insurance adjusters and juries react when they see how a bicycle accident happened in ‘real time’.
What’s The Point Of Capturing All This Information?
No matter if it’s you or someone else that got injured in an Illinois bicycle accident, the reason you will want to collect the information will be the same: to build a case for damages. Most likely, the cause of action will be for negligence. It will argue that the person who ran into the bicyclist was negligent and that the negligence caused the bicyclist’s injuries and damages. To this point, the case will need to plead and prove the following elements:
- The bicyclist was injured;
- The defendant breached a duty to not injure/runover/otherwise hurt the bicyclist;
- The defendant’s breach was the cause of the plaintiff’s injures; and
- The plaintiff suffered tangible or intangible damages as a result.
All of the things that you collect after the accident will be used towards accomplishing these four points.
Wondering What You Should Do After An Illinois Bicycle Accident?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers comes in immediately after accidents and helps victims and their families do everything necessary to preserve their right to collect in court. We can assist you too! Plus, we can represent you on contingency which means you don’t pay if we don’t win! Just call our offices today and the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can tell you exactly what to do!
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