Now that the warm weather and sunshine are here for the summer, you may be riding your bicycle more either for leisure or as your mode of transportation. As always, it is important to exercise safety precautions whenever you are traveling on your bicycle.
However, taking safety steps and remaining vigilant is sometimes not enough. Bicycle accidents involving a motor vehicle can happen by no fault of your own. If you sustain a bike injury caused by the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
PURSUING A BICYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIM
A bicycle injury lawyer can help you to pursue a claim for your cycling crash injuries. At the scene of the accident you should contact the police and identify the car(s) and driver(s) involved.
you are represented by a bicycle accident attorney, he/she will identify the applicable insurance company providing coverage to the at-fault driver at the time of the crash. Your attorney will then work directly with that insurance company and attempt to resolve your claim for a fair and reasonable value.
Part of this process is to work with the insurance company for the at-fault driver, but also to investigate what, if any, other coverages exist that apply to your claim. For example, you may have insurance coverage under your own automobile policy that can assist with the payment of medical bills even if you were struck while on a bicycle. A bicycle injury attorney can help you to identify, and pursue claims, under all applicable coverages.
BICYCLE ACCIDENT COMPENSATION
If you are injured while riding on a bicycle you may be entitled to compensation. Bicycle accident compensation may include:
- the value of your medical bills,
- wage loss for time missed from work, and
- pain and suffering for what you have endured.
It is often best that you complete all recommended care and treatment for your injuries before resolving your claim. The total value of your claim is best assessed once you know the full extent of your injuries and treatment.
This includes knowing whether your injuries are expected to resolve or continue in the future. If you are experiencing ongoing injury, you might also be entitled to compensation for future medical bills and/or future pain and suffering.
HOW A BICYCLE INJURY ATTORNEY CAN HELP
Navigating a bicycle accident claim can be complicated. A bicycle injury attorney can help you to manage each moving part and most effectively work with all parties involved. An attorney will help you to:
- identify all applicable insurance coverages,
- communicate and negotiate with insurance companies, and
- ensure that you are receiving the compensation that you deserve.
While pursuing a bike accident claim, legal disputes involving the facts of the event and/or the value of the claim can arise. Our attorneys are best equipped to help address and resolve legal disputes to continue moving a claim towards resolution.
Contact a Habush Habush and Rottier bicycle accident attorney today to learn about your options when pursuing compensation for your bike injury.