No matter how careful bicyclists are on the road, unforeseen bicycle accidents can still happen. Vehicle-related accidents are common, frequently resulting in injury or even death to the bicyclist. As with any other incident when someone else’s negligence results in a personal injury, receiving compensation for sustained injuries is essential. The guide below details what you can do to ensure you receive compensation if you’re involved in a bicycle accident.
At the Scene
Always call the police after getting involved in a bicycle accident. They’ll file an official report which will identify the driver who was at fault. This report serves as official documentation that will strengthen your case later on, since it will contain the time, date, and cause of the accident. Officers will take your statement so you can recount the events from your perspective.
You should also gather documentation yourself. Take photographs of the scene, including your injuries, the damage to your bike, and the part of the road where the accident took place. Collect statements from witnesses who saw the accident, if possible. The more detailed the information, the easier it will be for your lawyer to establish a case.
After the Incident
When the driver of the other vehicle is at fault, their insurance policy should provide coverage for your medical bills and any damage to your bicycle. However, insurance companies are often unwilling to pay a settlement if you don’t have proper documentation.
Make sure to keep all medical records related to your injuries. This should include doctor’s reports and itemized bills from emergency room and doctors visits immediately after the incident, as well as follow-up appointments and rehab. It can also be helpful to keep a journal, where you write about any symptoms you experience after the incident.
Additionally, don’t attempt to repair your bike until after, so you can prove the extent of the damage. With evidence in hand, your attorney will have a much easier time presenting your case so you can get the compensation you need.
If you were involved in a bicycle accident, you can rely on the expertise of Bellotti Law Group, P.C. to help you get the compensation you deserve. Serving the Greater Boston area since 1989, this top-rated legal firm is well equipped to help you achieve a favorable outcome for your case. Their seasoned lawyers are experienced in cases ranging from personal injury to construction accidents to workers’ compensation. To learn more about their areas of practice, visit them online or call (617) 778-1000 to schedule a consultation.