What Can I Do to Help My Bike Accident Claim?
Accidents between cars and bikes can be frightening experiences. However, the actions you take following your accident can make a big difference in the amount you may be able to receive in damages.
- Wait for police. The police can document details regarding your accident in the police report. Be sure to give the police your side of the story and report all your injuries, even if they are minor.
- Seek medical attention. Seeking medical attention will prove that you were injured. Even if you think your injuries aren’t serious, it is possible for minor injuries to become worse later. Your medical records will serve as documentation of your injuries.
- Get contact information for the driver and any witnesses. You should get the license plate number, driver’s license number and insurance information for the driver, as well. Don’t rely on the police report to have this information.
- Preserve evidence. Take photos of your damages property and do not have it repaired.
- Speak with an attorney. A personal injury attorney can help you preserve evidence and negotiate with insurance companies.
- No not speak with insurance companies without an attorney. Anything you say to an insurance company can be used against you later, so it would be in your best interest to let your attorney communicate with insurance companies for you.
There are several ways in which you can help you case. You should let your attorney know if you’ve taken a bicycle safety course, and he or she can relay that fact to the insurance company. You should also be discuss how long and how regularly you’ve been a bike rider. Additionally, you should discuss what type of riding you typically do. Do you often use your bike for commuting to work or school or is it mostly for recreation?
You should also let your attorney know how familiar you are with the location in which you were injured so that it can be demonstrated that you were likely to know what the traffic patterns would have been like at the time of your accident. Additionally, it can show that any new construction or any kind of road hazard could have disrupted your usual ride.
It is important to be honest about any past traffic violations you have, whether on a bike or in a car. Your attorney can advise you on how to proceed if you have been ticketed in the past.
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