Bicycle use increases dramatically during summer as people enjoy it both as a recreational activity as well as a means of transportation. Bicyclists have every right to share the road with motorists. Unfortunately, they also share the possibility of involvement in an accident. If you are riding a bicycle and are involved in a road accident involving a vehicle, here are some things to keep in mind:
• Injuries are not always apparent. Immediately following an accident,
your body may be in shock or may be experiencing heightened levels of
adrenaline that mask the physical pain from an injury sustained during
the accident. Even if you believe you only suffered a few bumps and bruises,
seek immediate medical assistance. Their findings can alert you to serious
physical injury, and will also be of great assistance should you choose
to seek compensation for your injuries.
• Being involved in any sort of accident is scary, but that is especially
the case when it involves a vehicle and a bicycle. Immediately following
the incident, take careful note of the specifics of the incident. If possible,
use your smart phone to snap pictures of the scene. Over time your memory
may fade, accidentally omitting important details that could shed light
on what happened to cause the accident. A picture will accurately capture
details that may be important to your case later on.
• Some drivers - especially those without insurance - may attempt
to handle matters on their own. This is never a wise choice. If you were
struck by a vehicle, alert the authorities immediately. Never accept the
promise of money from the other party in lieu of following proper procedures.
• Regardless of the circumstances, never admit fault or responsibility
for the accident. The other driver will likely be also trying to document
important information and details that can be used to strengthen his case.
Admissions of guilt, especially done under great stress, may not accurately
depict what really happened to cause the accident.
If you were a bicyclist who experienced an injury sustained during an
accident with another vehicle, it's important to receive just compensation
for the ordeal that you went through.
to discuss your case and your legal options.