Being the victim of an accident can be disheartening and stressful. Especially when serious injuries are suffered, whether broken bones or ruptured organs, the hurt victim may be so wrapped up in what is currently occurring that they can spare no thought for future actions. This may be especially true after a New Mexico bicycle accident, as injuries are often serious. That is understandable, and the first thing accident victims need to do is make sure that their health is taken care of, and that they let the medical professionals decide what kind and how much treatment they are going to need. However, at some point, there may be the necessity of considering whether someone is liable for the injured person's damages, and there may be some steps to be taken that will help with this endeavor.
For example, it is generally a good idea to get information about anyone else involved in an accident, as well as anyone who might have seen what happened. This means names, addresses and phone numbers, as well as any insurance information that may be available. Taking pictures of the scene of the accident can also be important, whether it is done by the victim or a friend or family member. These shots should capture the scene from multiple angles, and be done about the same time of day the accident occurred.
Victims need to pay attention to what they are feeling. Noting any changes in how they are feeling, both physically and psychologically can be very important to determining how severe their injuries may be. Alterations in mood, memory, or other signs of trauma may be relevant to any possible compensation that might be received. Sometimes, having family or friends point out these changes may help. Writing down in a daily journal how one feels can be a good way to document these things.
Reporting a bicycle accident is also important. The appropriate governmental agency will keep a record of the report and can help make sense of what occurred by talking to the parties who were involved or witnessed the incident. Insurance companies should also be notified.
At the Jaffe Law Firm, we help injured accident victims, and know how difficult it can be to recover from a serious injury caused by a bicycle accident. New Mexico residents who have questions about their accidents should go to our firm's website for more information.