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Protecting Your Right to Compensation After a Bicycle Accident

Bicycle Accident

Many people throughout New York City use bicycles as an efficient, affordable, and convenient mode of transportation. However, bicycles are often less visible to other vehicles on the road, and those who ride them do not have the same protections as the occupants of cars, trucks, and SUVs. This can make them much more vulnerable to accidents that result in catastrophic injuries that require extensive medical treatment and time out of work. If you’ve been in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation in a personal injury action — and it’s vital to understand what steps you should take to protect your rights.  

Call the Police

Call the police immediately after the bicycle accident. They will arrive at the scene and take a report. While a police accident report is usually not admissible as evidence in court, it can provide crucial details about the crash for negotiating a settlement with the insurance company.            

Get the Medical Attention You Need

Obtaining the medical attention you need is the most important thing you can do following a bicycle accident. Not only is this essential for your health, but it’s also critical when building any personal injury claim you might file. Medical documentation is the foundation of every bicycle accident lawsuit. It establishes your damages, the extent of your injuries, and the limitations you suffer because of them.              

Take Photos or Video of the Accident Scene and Your Injuries

If possible, take photos or video of the accident scene and the injuries you sustained with your smartphone. You should also try to obtain photos of the vehicle that struck you and any damage to your bicycle. This can be key evidence to demonstrate liability in a personal injury lawsuit.                          

Get Witnesses’ Contact Information 

Get the names and contact information of any witnesses who observed the bicycle accident as it happened. Your attorney can use witness statements to build a strong claim. A witness may be able to provide information that can help to strengthen your personal injury case — and offer testimony that establishes the other party’s liability.           

Be Careful What You Say to the Other Side

One of the most important things you can do to protect your right to compensation after a bicycle accident is to be careful what you say to the at-fault party or an insurance adjuster. You should never admit fault or make any statements about the collision — or your injuries. You also shouldn’t accept any settlement offers without first consulting with an attorney. And remember, once you are represented by counsel, the defendant’s insurance company can no longer communicate with you directly.                 

Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney

The facts and circumstances of every bicycle accident are different. A personal injury attorney can best advise you regarding your rights and options in your specific case. They can also help you avoid any pitfalls that could harm your case and negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf. In the event the insurance company refuses to settle for a fair amount, your attorney will know how to advocate for your right to compensation in the courtroom.                

Contact an Experienced New York Personal Injury Attorney 

If you were injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your economic and non-economic damages. A skillful personal injury attorney can fight to hold the negligent party accountable and obtain the compensation you deserve. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has represented victims of bicycle accidents for over three decades and provides adept advocacy to secure the best possible outcome in each unique case. Contact us today for a consultation.