Steps to Take After a Bicycle Accident in Washington D.C.

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident in Washington D.C. and have sustained life-altering injuries, you may be eligible for compensation. Continue reading and reach out to our experienced attorney to learn the steps to take following an accident that will set you up for a successful personal injury claim.

What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Washington D.C.?

The most common causes of bicycle accidents in Washington D.C are typically forms of negligence. The most common forms of motorist negligence are as follows:

  • Not checking blind spots
  • Ignoring traffic signs and lights
  • Failing to comply with other rules and regulations of the road
  • Failing to yield
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Speeding
  • Smoking or eating while driving
  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Disciplining raucous children while driving
  • Texting while driving

What should I do following a bicycle accident?

Take the following steps after a bicycle accident while you are still on the scene of your accident:

  1. Call the police. They will bring medical assistance to the scene. They will also create a safer scene by redirecting traffic if necessary.
  2. The police will also document the accident by conducting a police report.
  3. While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, if you can, take photos and videos of the scene of your accident. Photos should include any hazards that led to your accident as well as any damage to vehicles and property.
  4. Collect any witnesses’ contact information.
  5. Once the ambulance arrives, seek medical treatment immediately, even if you do not feel symptoms of an injury right away. It is important to be seen by a medical professional after an accident.
  6. Collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment.
  7. Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you deserve.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is generally three years. This is important to know because failure to file your claim within three years of your accident may result in you being permanently barred from suing. The sooner you take legal action, the better. To get started with this process, reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney today to learn how we can assist you. We will happily walk you through the claims filing process.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.