Each and every time you go for a bike ride, you could have an accident; each passing car could spell disaster for you. When you go out for a ride, keep in mind that bicyclists and drivers of motor vehicles have many of the same rights and responsibilities on the road. Sadly, accidents can be caused by the most simple acts of negligence, and those acts can have devastating effects on your life. If you were involved in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation; the at-fault party could be legally responsible for paying your current and anticipated future medical bills as well as repair or replacement of your bicycle.
When you’re involved in an accident, you should hire an attorney who knows all about your rights, who has experience representing bicyclists like you, and will do what they can to get you the maximum compensation so that you can get back to living your life.
If in the course of riding your bicycle you were involved in a collision with a car, you should contact a knowledgeable, experienced attorney near you so that you can get the compensation you deserve. Bicycle accidents with any type of vehicle can cause serious, even life-changing devastation. If you or someone you love has been injured a bicycle accident, call us at (864) 777-0000 for a FREE consultation today.
Avoiding Bicycle Accidents – Protect Yourself
As a bicycle rider, you are far less protected than vehicle drivers and their passengers, so any time you’re involved in an accident with a vehicle, you’re much more likely to get injured – and much more seriously than drivers and passengers.
So what should you do to protect yourself and avoid an accident? You have probably heard these tips time and again, but you should always practice caution, which includes:
- Always wear a properly fitting helmet
- Obey the rules of the road; stop at stop signs and traffic signals
- Wear reflective clothing, especially if you’re riding at night or anytime it’s dark
- Wear protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible to prevent road rash or cuts and scrapes, among other things
- Know the appropriate hand signals to indicate which way you’re turning
- Ride with the flow of traffic, as far to the right as safely possible
- Carry your ID, mobile phone, and emergency contact information with you
- Make sure your bicycle has a light on the front, a reflector on the back, and a bell
- Ride your bicycle in the lane specifically designated for bicycles; if there is not one marked, ride only on the road or trail, not the sidewalk
- Ride defensively, being aware of drivers’ blind spots
What To Do When You Have a Bicycle Accident
In the event of an accident, you should take the following steps:
- Call 911 or ask someone else to do so if you are unable.
- Don’t move your bicycle; if possible, use your phone to take pictures of the accident scene and any other pictures that might prove useful if you end up taking the driver to court.
- Use your phone to take pictures of the visible injuries you sustained in the accident.
- Get the contact information (names, addresses, and phone numbers) of the driver, passengers, and any other witnesses to the accident.
- Wait for the police to get there; tell them what happened so that they can file an accident report that will detail the incident. Get the officer’s business card so that you can follow up to get a copy of the report after it gets filed.
- Don’t make any statements to insurance companies until you talk to an experienced attorney. Regardless of whose fault the accident was, don’t negotiate or discuss the details of the accident with the driver. If you take your case to court, any statements you made can be used against you. Contact Double Aught Injury Lawyers (864) 777-0000 for guidance.
- See a medical professional. If an ambulance responds to the scene, let the emergency medical professional have a look at your injuries. You could opt to be seen by someone at the nearest emergency room or make an appointment with your doctor. Tell them what happened; make sure they thoroughly inspect all of your pains and injuries, visible or not. Make sure they note the extent of all of your injuries.
Call Double Aught Injury Lawyers For Your Spartanburg, SC Bike Accident Today
When you call our law office, you can talk to a skilled attorney familiar with accidents where a driver has hit a bicyclist. When you hire us to work on your case, we will gather all the evidence, interview witnesses and professionally prepare the legal paperwork in preparation for a court case. Even if your case gets settled or never goes to court, we will be thoroughly prepared to argue your case in court to get you the compensation you deserve so that you can get back to your normal life and back in the (bike) saddle again. Call Double Aught Injury Lawyers at (864) 777-0000 for a FREE consultation.