Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorneys
The bicycle was invented in 1817 by German Baqron Karl von Drais. It was called the "running machine" (Laufmaschine). Since then people have used the bicycle to commute to work, exercise, climb mountains and go across the country.
Because bicycles share the road with cars, buses and trucks, people driving motor vehicles must pay attention to cyclists on the roadways.
According to People Powered Movement, driver inattention is increasingly a cause of bicycle-vehicle collision:
"Driver Inattention: Drivers are becoming increasingly more distracted behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 30 percent of all bicycle accident injuries occur when a bicyclist is struck by a car. Drivers who are not paying attention are more likely to collide with bicyclists."
Collisions can be avoided if everyone would follow the traffic rules.
After a Bicycle Accident
Bicyclists and motorists all have a roll to play to avoid accidents and injuries. Cyclists must remain aware of their surroundings and obey all traffic rules and signs. Hopefully we can count on drivers to follow the rules, but bicyclists know that this does not always happen.
If you are involved in an accident on your bike with a car, truck, or other motor vehicle, take steps to protect your rights. Contact a bicycle accident attorney as soon as you can. Crucial details to collect after a crash include information about the driver that hit you, and any witnesses to the accident. The steps you can take are similar to a car accident and include:
Do Not Admit Fault
An accident between a bicycle and a car, truck, or other motor vehicle is jarring. The moments after a crash are not the time to argue about who's fault it was. You can follow all traffic laws, but another driver might not. That driver may have broken a law or ignored a safety rule before you ever saw the vehicle. Regardless, you are typically not in the best position to know all the facts of the crash right away.
Call the Police
If a vehicle hits you, then you should always call the police. Make sure to be calm and respectful when the police arrive. Answer their questions and provide your contact information. Make sure to ask that police obtain contact information and insurance for the driver that hit you.
Ask for a copy of the accident report. If the police cannot provide copies at the accident scene, ask how you can obtain a copy.
Police may ticket the driver that hit you. This information is useful later when negotiating with insurance.
If you have escaped serious injury, take a moment to write down the details of the crash. Do this right away on your phone as an email or text message to yourself. The details are fresh in your mind right away. We all forget at least some information as time passes. Taking a quick set of notes will help keep your story consistent from the start.
Collect information at the accident scene in order to help protect yourself later. Important information includes:
- Vehicle License Plate
- Driver Contact Information
- Driver Insurance
Do not leave the scene of the accident without taking down the license plate of the vehicle that hit you. This information allows your attorney to complete a thorough database search long after the accident.
You can also ask for insurance information from the driver that hit you. That person may not wish to share that information, but a polite request will never hurt.
Make sure to get a phone number from the driver. Contact information is very important as your case unfolds.
A witness account of the accident can break the logjam when parties dispute how a bicycle accident happened. Witnesses are crucial when accident details come down to your word against the driver's. After an accident:
- Ask if anyone near you saw what happened
- Ask for a name and phone number
- Politely ask if you may contact them later
Contact A Bicycle Accident Attorney
The bicycle accident attorneys at Lee, Myers & O'Connell can help contact witnesses and ask the right questions. We work to protect your rights so that you can focus on recovery.
You may call us or chat with us in the chat box below. The initial consultation is at no charge.
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