Bicycle Accidents And Personal Injury: What Victims Need To Know
Bill Allen | January 3, 2018 | Gainesville Personal Injury Law News
It can be extremely dangerous to ride a bicycle when sharing the road with motor vehicles. In 2015 alone, approximately 467,000 American bicyclists suffered an injury, and 1,000 lost their lives in a fatal accident.
Even biking in the designated lanes for bicyclists can be dangerous. If a motor vehicle struck you while you were on your bicycle because they were negligent or disobeyed traffic laws, you can file a personal injury claim for compensation.
How do I get compensation for my accident?
Ensure that police prepared an accident report at the scene of your accident. Additionally, be sure to collect the insurance information of the driver who hit you. However, if you’re unable to get this information from the driver, consider calling an attorney in Gainesville or Ocala to assist you in getting this on your behalf.
Once an accident report has been filed, meet with the Gainesville or Ocala attorney or law firm to discuss your case. They will ensure that a claim has been filed with the insurance carriers involved so that you can focus on medical treatment. It’s absolutely critical that you do not accept a settlement for your injuries without the guidance of a lawyer.
A successful personal injury case depends on accurate documentation of the injuries that resulted from the accident. In addition, a good attorney can prevent you from accepting less than your case is worth and accepting a final offer that does not compensate you adequately.
Why do I need a personal injury attorney?
Personal injury lawyers are essential to getting the best compensation possible. They understand how to prepare and negotiate personal injury claims like yours. They will be instrumental in proving your case. They order your medical records, review them, and prepare your case for potential litigation. These documents are critical if your case later becomes a lawsuit.
What kind of compensation can I receive from a bicycle accident?
The compensation that many people worry about is the payment of outstanding medical expenses. However, compensation may also cover the following:
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earning ability
- Future medical expenses
- Emotional distress
If you or someone you love has been in a bicycling accident that was the fault of a motor vehicle driver, you may be eligible for compensation.
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