Injuries sustained when a bicycle collides with a motor vehicle can be devastating due to the lack of protection a bicyclist has compared to the driver of a car, truck or SUV. In order to recover damages in a bike accident claim you will need to be able to prove negligence on the part of the other driver. It is important to work with an experienced Phoenix bicycle accident lawyer in order to work toward receiving compensation.
Bicyclists are required to follow the same rules of the road as motorists. It is important that bicyclists follow the rules explicitly in order to protect themselves from liability. Many bicycle-motor vehicle collisions take place at intersections where a motorist fails to yield the right of way. Bicyclists often need to take sudden evasive measures, which can result in injury.
After a bike accident, there are several steps you can take in order to help your claim. The most important thing is to get medical attention if you have been injured. Your medical records can serve as documentation for your injuries. You should also wait for the police to arrive so that they can take and file a police report. Even if you feel you are not injured, if you leave the scene of the accident, you may never be able to identify the driver if injuries present themselves later.
It is important to you do not negotiate anything with the driver. A police report can document everything that happened from the accounts of both the at-fault driver and the victim. You can report your injuries to the police officer as well.
If you can, you should get the contact information from the at-fault driver. You should also take down his or her insurance information, driver’s license number and license plate number. You should also make notes of the accident scene, document your injuries and preserve any evidence relating to the accident.
Damages in Bicycle Accident Claims
Following an injury in a bicycle accident, you may be eligible for damages. You may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage and more.
Phoenix Bike Accident Attorney
Witson Law offers free personal injury consultations to answer questions about your bicycle injury case and to discuss your legal options. During your initial consultation, we will take whatever time is necessary to listen to you and the facts of your bicycle accident at no charge to you. All of our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no out of pocket expenses and only need to pay us if we win your case. Schedule your free consultation with a Phoenix bicycle accident injury attorney – (602) 358-8686 or fill out or online contact form.