In addition to the possibility of colliding with motorists, cyclists often face other risks including bike lanes undergoing construction, roadway debris, car doors suddenly opening into bike lanes and other obstacles.
Identifying many factors that cause crashes can prove pivotal to your recovery and sometimes more than one party may be liable for the accident. For example, a motorist who struck a cyclist may share fault with a particular City, whose failure to properly maintain the roadway contributed to the collision.
Given the lack of a vehicle occupant cage, bicyclists have nothing but a helmet protecting them from other motorists on the road, increasing the likelihood of suffering serious injury in a collision. The more severe the trauma, the greater the expenses associated with the recover including medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.
If you have suffered an injury in a bicycle accident, there are certain steps you should take to maximize your chances of receiving compensation including:
- Contacting the police as soon as possible
- Obtaining medical treatment immediately
- Obtaining the driver’s name, telephone number, address, vehicle information, and the name of his or her insurance company (struck by an automobile driver)
- Obtaining the names and contact information of any witnesses
- Using your cell phone to take pictures of the scene, damages to your bike and of your injuries
If you've been injured in an accident as a result of someone else's negligence, we urge you to contact us immediately to learn how to protect your rights, preserve critical evidence and obtain necessary medical treatment. Our personal injury attorneys have won over hundreds of million dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients over the past 40 years.
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