A bicycle accident can result in serious and sometimes fatal injury. Lawsuits to recover damages for injuries in a bicycle accident with automobiles involve many of the same issues as any auto accident lawsuit. Liability for bicycle accident injuries often comes down to negligence. Have you been involved in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another? If so, you could be entitled to financial compensation.
Negligence by a driver can take many forms. For example, speeding, running a red light, and drifting into a bike lane all constitute driver negligence or even recklessness if done with knowing disregard for safety. In a lawsuit alleging negligence by another person, victims must prove that the defendant acted in a way that violated a duty owed to them. In bicycle accident cases, this means violating the basic duty of care owed to everyone else on the road.
What you do immediately after an accident has a big impact on how much you recover for your injuries. It also affects the outcome of any lawsuit resulting from the accident. It is of vital importance that you wait for the police to arrive at the scene of the accident so they can file a report. If possible, get the name of the automobile driver, as well as his or her address, phone number, driver’s license number, vehicle license number, and insurance information. If you can, make mental notes about the accident: what happened; how it happened; and when and where it occurred.
It is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. The fact that you sought medical attention serves as proof that you were injured, and medical records will document the extent of those injuries. Take several photos of your injuries as soon as possible after the accident for further evidence.