Practice Area: Bicycle Matters

DEALING WITH THE POLICE

Sadly, it has become common for investigating police officers to start their investigation of a bicycle incident with a bias against the bicyclist. Keeping a cool head after an incident is essential to establishing the evidence and creating an accurate record. We have come up with some suggestions on how to deal with the police after an incident.

1. Wait for the police, even if you don’t believe you are injured. Creating a record of the incident is essential, and adrenalin often masks what may become serious injuries.

2. Engage with the police in a polite manner and provide your statement. Hostility towards a police officer makes them not want to help. In your statement, make sure to provide as much detail as you can recall.

3. When you make your statement, use landmarks for reference, for example: “I had just passed that bus stop when the car made its left turn in front of me.”

4. If there is any evidence that you believe contributed to the incident, like a roadway feature, make sure to mention it to the police officer.

5. Get the report number from the officer to order it when completed.

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