Cycling is a very popular form of exercise and a hobby for many Floridians. However, road cycling can be a very dangerous activity due to the fact that you are sharing the road with cars. Accidents happen, regardless of who is at fault, and often times they result in very serious injuries. With the increasing popularity of cycling comes the increased number of accidents. When it comes to an accident involving a cyclist and a car, it is important to know what is involved with the personal injury cycling accident claims process.
Because cyclists share the road, it is especially important that if you do decide to ride a bicycle, that you execute the proper safety precautions necessary to keep you as safe as possible. Wearing a helmet, proper reflective clothing, using correct signaling gestures and following the rules of the road can all play a major role in not only keeping you safe on the road but also help you in the event that you are involved in an accident and are seeking compensation.
- At The Scene – immediately contact the police to report the incident, just as you would a car accident. Make sure to get the driver’s personal information (name, phone, address) and insurance information (company name, phone and policy number). Save your statements for the police reports. Look for witnesses and get contact information to help your case and then get medical treatment, if needed.
- Contact a personal injury attorney to help you file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. This is where all the information from the police reports, including witness statements, becomes incredibly important. It is the nature of insurance companies to do all that they can to avoid paying out damages. That is why it is crucial to have an experienced personal injury attorney to help you every step of the process.
If you are a victim of a bicycle accident involving a car, working with an experienced personal injury attorney can be your biggest asset when it comes to filing a personal injury claim. An experienced bicycle accident attorney will help make sure that you receive the care and funds that you need such as compensation for damages for the injury itself, loss of income, health care costs, rehab and therapy and other losses such as bike replacement, personal item damage, and increased travel costs. These are just a few of the aspects that an experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate. Contact the Blaut Weiss Law Group today at http://www.blautweiss.com/contact.php/ to schedule your free consultation if you have been involved in a cycling accident.