Common Questions about Bicycle Accidents

What do I do if I am involved in a bicycle accident?
If you are involved in a bicycle accident, it is imperative that you contact the authorities immediately for both your safety and to ensure proper documentation of your accident. You should make certain that any injuries you have sustained or damage to your bicycle has been recorded.

It is most important that you seek medical attention after your accident, even if you don't believe you have been injured because you may have sustained injuries of which you are not aware. It is important that your medical examination be recorded if you decide to take legal action.

You should never leave the scene of an accident, even if you are unhurt. It is important that you stay until the police have arrived.

Be sure to record the name and information of anyone involved in the accident, including passengers and witnesses in case you need this later. If you have the capability, take pictures of the accident scene, this may help you in the future. Don't give any statements until you have consulted with a lawyer and be careful what you say, you don't want to absolve anyone of fault.

How do I know I have a bicycle accident case?
It is impossible to know right away if your bicycle accident case is viable. In order to be sure, it is important to speak to an experienced bike accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

A qualified lawyer will be able to tell you if you have a case as well as give you information about what you need to do to make your case attainable. It is likely that you will have a good case if you were injured through someone else's neglect or wrongdoing

How do I choose a bicycle accident attorney?
It is important to choose a well-qualified and experienced bicycle accident lawyer to handle your case in order to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. There are many resources available for finding an attorney in your area. You may be able to contact your local branch of the American Bar Association to find qualified attorneys.

Additionally, this website provides a comprehensive directory of qualified bike accident attorneys throughout the United States and can connect you with an experienced personal injury attorney in your area who will provide you with a free bike accident claim evaluation.

Can I be at fault for my bicycle accident?
The short answer is yes, you can be found at fault for your bicycle accident. If you have violated the laws set forth for the safe operation of your bicycle, you can be found at fault just the same as the motor vehicle involved in the accident may be found at fault.

Furthermore, if you are found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may lose your driver's license and possibly receive a DUI.

How much is my case worth?
The value of your case depends completely upon what is determined fair compensation in court. It is impossible to be able to determine the amount of compensation without visiting the courtroom, but your qualified personal injury attorney may be able to give you some idea of how much you should expect from your case. Generally, you will recover an amount based upon the extent of your damages.

What can I recover damages for?
In any personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to gain compensation for damages to your person, property or loved one. Specifically in a bicycle accident case, you might get compensation for:

  • Loss of income due to the accident.
  • Hospital care and medical expenses.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Loss of loved one/companionship.
  • Disfigurement.
  • Mental or physical impairment.
  • Damaged property (i.e. your bike)

How much will a lawyer cost me?
Some attorneys may choose to work on an hourly basis, in which case you will pay them for each hour they spend working on and prosecuting your case. However, many attorneys will work on a contingency basis, meaning that if you don't recover for the lawsuit, you won't have to pay for legal services. Also, many lawyers will offer you a free consultation, to determine the viability of your case. Generally, though, you will still be responsible with any costs associated with litigation.

Please contact us today to find an experienced bicycle accident attorney in your area.

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