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Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Our bicycle accident attorneys will take steps to ensure your rights are fully protected. We’ll seek to recover all your damages and maximize your settlement and recovery. Our attorneys have effectively represented bicyclists and obtained impressive settlements for our bicycle accident clients for years.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicycle accident injuries are often serious due to the lack of protection to bicyclists and the size and force differences when a vehicle collides with a bicycle. Our attorneys will help ensure that our bicycle accident clients obtain suitable medical care and treatment and ensure that the negligent motorist is held accountable.
How to Recover from a Bicycle Accident
After a bicycle accident, you may be confused, scared, and not know what to do. When a bicyclist gets hit by a car or truck, it is crucial to know what to do while still at the scene of the accident. What you do immediately after the bike accident can have a dramatic impact on how much you are able to recover for your injuries and property damage to your bike. It may also affect the outcome of your lawsuit. Here is how to recover from a bicycle accident.
Call for Help
Waiting for the police to arrive at the scene of the accident is vital to your case even if you think you are not injured. A police officer can write a police report that will help your lawsuit. Sometimes the bicyclist may not even realize they are injured until several hours after the accident. Also, what seems like a minor injury can turn into something much more serious and even cause permanent damage or scaring. If you leave the accident, the at-fault driver may never be identified.
Never negotiate with the negligent driver. Instead, just wait for the police to handle it. Many drivers will initially apologize for the accident and accept blame but then later deny their negligence when faced with a lawsuit. The police will be able to document everything and gather statements needed for your case.
Gather Contact Information of Drivers and Witnesses
After an accident, it is important to gather the contact information from all other drivers involved in the accident as well as the contact information of any witnesses. Information such as his or her name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, vehicle license number, and insurance information is important to your case. Never assume the police will obtain this information, they might not. If you are injured and unable to obtain this information, ask a bystander to do it for you.
Give a Clear Statement to the Police
Be sure to give the police a clear statement as to what happened. Sometimes, the police will ask the driver what happened but not the bicyclist. Do everything you can to get your side of the story clearly stated in the police report. Report all your injuries and every detail even if it seems minor. Even minor injuries can sometimes become more serious.
Even if the police refuse to include your statement in the accident report, you can later have the report amended.
Write Down What Happened and Photograph Your Injuries
As soon as you can, take a moment to write down exactly what happened and what injuries you inquired from the accident. If you are not able to write it down, make mental notes about the accident. Include things such as what happened, how it happened, where the accident occurred, when it occurred, the condition of the road, the traffic, and weather conditions.
For your injuries, be sure to seek medical attention right away. The fact that you sought medical attention serves as proof of your injuries. Medical records will serve as documentation of your injuries. Take photos of your injuries as soon as possible after the accident. These can also greatly help your case.
Gather Evidence of all Property Damage
Do not attempt to fix your bicycle after an accident. By leaving it in the same state as after the accident, it will serve as evidence for your case. It is also a good idea not to wash your clothing or bike. Don’t send your bike, help, clothing or any other equipment to anyone other than your attorney. Take photos of all damaged equipment.
Bicycle Accident Injuries to Be Aware Of
Injuries incurred after a bicycle accident are often much worse than those from a car accident. Bicycle accident injuries are often serious due to the lack of protection to bicyclists and the size and force difference when a vehicle collides with a bicycle. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm will help ensure that our bicycle accident clients obtain appropriate medical care and treatment and ensure that the negligent motorist is held accountable. Take the stress out of your bike accident by hiring an experienced bike accident lawyer to settle your case. At Parke Gordon Law Firm, our attorneys believe every client deserves fair representation not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. The following are five common bicycle accident injuries to be aware of. Please keep in mind the following list is not complete; many other possible injuries exist. Any harm done by the negligence of another person or driver is a reason to contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney.
1. Traumatic Brain Injury or Concussion
During a bicycle accident, the bicyclist can sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a variety of ways. For instance, the vehicle itself may strike the rider’s head, or the bicyclist may be thrown to the ground or into another object. A TBI may also occur if the head is violently whipped back and forth without physical impact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI contributes to approximately 30 percent of all injury-related deaths. Signs of TBI include impaired thinking, memory, movement, sensation, or emotional function. These effects could last for days or even the rest of the person’s life.
A mild TBI is known as a concussion. A concussion is still very serious and even life-threatening.
2. Neck, Back or Spine Injury
The impact from a motor vehicle hitting a bicyclist can affect his or her entire body. The neck, back or spine can sustain serious injuries from whipping motion as well as the force of impact from the collision itself. A lifetime of pain can follow things such as fractures, muscle strains, ruptured discs or other injuries. Many of these serious symptoms may go unnoticed right after the bicycle accident due to the surge of adrenaline a person experiences after a collision. Without proper medical treatment, the injury can turn from mild to debilitating over the next few days following the accident.
3. Broken Bones
Often times after a bicycle accident, the rider will fall off the bike and sustain broken bones. Broken bones are usually not as serious as the before mentioned injuries but still needs immediate attention from an emergency room.
A laceration is a deep cut or tear in the skin or flesh. Because of how deep a laceration can be, the wound often becomes infected with bacteria as a result of contact. Lacerations are often seen as minor. However, if gone untreated, a laceration can become dangerous if not properly treated and covered up. An infection from a laceration can become life-threatening. Depending on the size of the cut, it is also common to experience too much blood loss.
5. Emotional Trauma or PTSD
Following a serious accident, a person may experience emotional trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A crash is a shocking and scary event. A person suffering from PTSD may experience flashbacks, nightmares and/or frightening thoughts.
How Bicyclists Can Handle a Driver with Road Rage
Many bicycle accidents occur from drivers with road rage. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported some 80 percent of drivers expressed feeling road rage behind the wheel within the past year. In addition, about 8 million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme road rage such as purposely hitting another vehicle. Road rage is an all too common occurrence and is extremely dangerous for a bicyclist. A bicyclist does not have 3,000 pounds of steel around them for protection. Know how bicyclists can handle a driver with road rage to protect yourself should you be in such a situation when riding your bike. Here’s how to handle a driver with road rage when riding your bike.
In a Road Rage Situation, Remain Calm
If you are riding your bicycle around a driver who is yelling out the window towards you, remember to remain calm. Follow the rules of the road concerning riding a bicycle. When a bicyclist is riding their bike in the roadway, legally they are to follow the same rules of the road as a vehicle. If the bicyclist is riding their bike on the sidewalk, they are to follow the same rules as a pedestrian.
An expert from the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association says motorists want to see the cyclist do something wrong so they can complain about it. If you’re obeying all traffic laws, you are not at fault. If the situation is bad enough, consider reporting the aggressive driver to police. Make a note of the vehicle make, model, color, and plate number to report it to police. Also make note of the physical characteristics of the driver, the time of day and where the incident occurred to tell the police. The more detail the better. It is also extremely helpful to talk to witnesses and ask for their phone number so the police can get a statement from them. Without a witness statement, it is likely the police will not get involved.
Get Away from a Road Rage Situation
The best tactic in a road rage situation is to remove yourself. Get to somewhere safe where the driver is not able to hit you while riding a bike. You could move onto the sidewalk, slow down and let the car pass, turn on the next street, make a legal U-turn, etc.
If Necessary, Defend Yourself from a Driver’s Road Rage
If the driver continues to act aggressively and you are unable to get to a safe place, you do have a right to defend yourself in most states to prevent being injured. Call 911 immediately and leave the call live even if you are unable to talk to the dispatcher. Pull over and put your bike between yourself and the driver. Never get violent against a person or their vehicle even if you feel threatened. Doing so legally makes you the aggressor. Engage only as much as you need to in order to create distance and get away.
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