If you are hit by a motor vehicle while you are riding your bicycle, the likelihood of severe injuries is high. Bicyclists do not have much protection in accidents. Unlike vehicle occupants protected by the cars’ metal frame, bicyclists do not have anything between them, motor vehicles, and the road other than a possible safety helmet. If bicyclists are struck, they often need medical help and may suffer several severe injuries. If you are injured in a bicycle collision, there are several steps you should take in order to protect your ability to pursue a legal claim.
When a bicycle accident occurs, it can cause life-altering injuries and, in some cases, death. The road to recovery may be stressful, especially if your injuries need critical medical attention, leading to steep medical bills. If you, or a loved one, were hurt in a bicycle accident that you did not cause, the attorneys at Freeway Law can help you pursue the maximum compensation for your lost income, medical bills, and other damages incurred.
Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of the laws that govern bicycle accident cases. They can help you determine how to proceed when an unfortunate bicycle accident occurs. We fully dedicate ourselves and our resources to help you fight for fair and just settlement during difficult times.
Proving Damages After a Bicycle Accident
You must seek legal counsel after a bicycle accident because insurance companies and the defendant will try to prove that you were at fault to avoid providing compensation for your injuries. Our dedicated lawyers will immediately work to gather all the necessary evidence to strengthen your case. Some of this evidence may include:
- Eyewitness testimony;
- Photos of the accident;
- Any video footage of your accident;
- The police report;
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts; and
- Illustrations and timelines of the accident.
Our goal is to prove the car/truck driver’s negligence to get you the compensation you deserve. A car/truck driver may be found liable for negligence when the driver breaches their duty of care while operating a vehicle. This breach may include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Driving while distracted;
- Making illegal turns;
- Driving over the speed limit, and failing to follow other rules of the road; and
- Engaging in other unlawful or reckless behaviors.
You must not sign or accept any settlements from insurance companies before consulting with an experienced attorney. Accepting such settlements without consulting your attorney could result in low-ball offers that may not include damages you are entitled to, including future medical expenses, emotional trauma, or pain and suffering.
How Much Is My Bicycle Accident Claim Worth?
Your past and future medical bills, cost of treatment, and/or pain and suffering will determine the amount of your claim. Other factors that can influence the amount of your claim could also include:
- The amount of income lost while incapacitated;
- Whether or not your injuries have affected your future earning capabilities;
- Whether or not you require home modifications to accommodate your injuries;
- Whether your injury caused life-long disfigurement, scarring, disability, or the loss of a bodily function.
To receive the highest amount of compensation, you should consult our knowledgeable lawyers at Freeway Law. We are dedicated to obtaining the highest amount of compensation possible for your injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, don’t hesitate to call us at (844) 443-7339 for a FREE consultation to discuss your rights and compensation.