When you get onto your bicycle to ride for fun or for a purpose, you don’t expect a vehicle to hit you. There are laws in place to protect those who ride their bikes on the road, and drivers and bicyclists alike are required to adhere to those rules. When a bicyclist is hit by a car, there is a lot of evidence to gather. When police arrive at the scene of the accident, they want to know if there are witnesses, if there are any other pieces of evidence, and they assess everything, including the other car. Bicyclists are required by law to adhere to the same rules of the road as any driver, and it means police are looking for the cause of the accident whether it’s the driver of the car or the person on a bike.
When Cars are At Fault
The evidence has been examined, the police have spoken to all witnesses to the accident, and the accident scene has been examined. Now it’s time for the police report, and it’s been determined it’s the driver of the vehicle is at fault. You’ve been injured, and you have many questions. There is an order you should do things in this time of confusion. The first thing to do as an injured person riding your bike is seek medical attention. Even if the vehicle was driving slowly and you don’t feel there are any injuries to report, seek medical attention.
Many injuries are internal, and they’re not easily determined without the diagnosis of a doctor. Now is a good time to ensure you have proper medical care to document your injuries, to treat them, and to prevent any unseen injuries from becoming worse.
Call an Attorney
You can sue the driver of the car that hit you when it’s their fault. You have ever right, and calling a personal injury attorney is the next step after seeking medical care. You’ll have questions, and we have answers. You’ll want to know what kind of damages you can see, what you can expect, and what might happen in a case like this.
Damages are a simple start. If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you can seek many damages that include but are not limited to the following.
– Medical bills
– Future medical costs
– Loss of income
– Lost wages
– Pain and suffering
While we hope your injuries are minor and recovery easy, it’s not always the case. You could end up with serious injuries that require lifelong medical care, you could end up with serious injuries that cause you to miss time at work for which you are not paid, and you could end up with injuries so severe you are unable to return to work because of them. Medical bills pile up, your insurance only covers a portion, and you are stuck without any hope in a situation like this.
Filing a lawsuit against the driver of the car that hit you is a natural recourse. You can seek damages to help you recover from the many injuries you sustained, as well as to help you pay for future medical bills associated with your accident. The damages you’re awarded can help you when you’re out of work, and this can ease the financial strain caused by someone else’s negligence.
As a bicycle rider, you have the same rights as anyone else on the road. When another driver of a vehicle is not willing to adhere to the correct laws and takes your rights from you, you are permitted to seek damages to help you overcome the financial and medical burdens caused by the driver. A personal injury attorney is here to answer questions, advise you on what to do next, and to help you get your case started.
Call now. There is so much confusion and so much pain to worry about following an accident, but you don’t have long to file a lawsuit depending on where you live. It’s our job to make certain you are aware of your rights, and we work hard to provide those to you when you’re the injured party in a bad accident.