Personal Injury Attorney
Many people enjoy getting around their city or town with the use of a bike. It’s great exercise, good for the environment, you can enjoy the weather, and it gives you an incredible amount of freedom. However, even if you are obeying all the rules of the road and riding your bike in a safe manner, a car can still come out of nowhere and slam into your bike. This type of accident can result in minor or major injuries, both physical and emotional. Personal injury lawyers have helped victims from bicycle accidents recover damages after being hit by a car while riding your bike due to the lack of care and negligence on the part of an automobile.
How can attorneys help you?
Being hit by a car while you were riding your bike is similar to any other person who has been personally injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. If you were hit and injured, we will help you file a personal injury lawsuit to help you receive compensation.
How can I receive compensation?
When you have been injured, you can receive compensation for your injuries by going through the at-fault driver’s car insurance coverage. When we file this type of claim, you can receive compensation for:
- Medical bills associated with your injuries
- Replacement or repair of your bicycle
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
That said, there are a few steps that should be taken immediately following your bicycle accident. These steps are:
- Always get the requisite medical treatment for your injuries and never wait.
- Gather as much evidence as you can, whether it is your medical bills, photos of the scene of the accident, images of your injuries, and a police report if one came as a result of the accident.
- Discuss the accident with your lawyer.
- File your claim with the at-fault driver’s car insurance.
What if you can’t identify the at-fault driver?
Unfortunately, there are circumstances where you cannot identify the at-fault driver because the driver did a hit-and-run. When this is the circumstance, your legal options will become increasingly limited if you are not able to identify who it was that hit you. If this is the case, you must typically seek coverage from your own health insurance when paying your medical bills and rely on your local law enforcement officers to find who is at fault.
What a lawyer will do for you
Getting into any type of accident can be terrifying. However, if you are the victim in a bicycle accident, it can be even more traumatic when a 5,000-pound vehicle comes barreling at you unexpectedly. When you call an personal injury lawyer in New York, NY, you can rely on them to help you through this traumatic time and to get you the compensation that is owed to you. Don’t hesitate.
Thank you to our friends and contributors at Okun, Oddo & Babat, P.C. for their insight into bike accident claims.