When riding your bicycle, if a vehicle strikes your bicycle or causes you a bicycle accident, you may have a bicycle accident claim. Even a “minor” bicycle accident (an accident where a cyclist is struck by a vehicle) can be a terrifying and traumatic event. The painful, long-lasting physical wounds, as well as the devastating emotional trauma caused by a single bicycle accident can change the entire course of a survivor’s life. In addition, the traumatic injuries sustained by bicycle accident victims are often extremely expensive, and in some cases, they could require years or even a lifetime of expensive treatments.
This challenging time after a bicycle accident, you are simply trying to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life. You do not need the draining, uphill battle that comes when facing greedy, evasive insurance companies after your bicycle accident. That is where John Barry Baker can help.
He will be there with you every step, so you don’t have to face the issues of your bicycle accident alone. John Barry Baker will fight for your rightful compensation, justice and accountability for the suffering you and your family have endured in the aftermath of your bicycle accident.
When a cyclist is hit by a vehicle or other motorist in a bicycle accident, it is often followed by a chaotic flurry of paperwork, phone calls, documentation and investigation. It is easy for this to cause feelings of hopelessness and being overwhelmed as this is in addition to healing from painful injuries. If a motorist is at fault in your bicycle accident, you should not have to accept the financial burden causes by his or her poor driving choices or negligence.
Important steps following a bicycle accident in Fayetteville Arkansas:
- After a bicycle accident, the first thing you should do is ensure that you can reach safety. If you are medically able to do so, and the bicycle is still able to be moved, you should attempt to move the bicycle from the travel lanes. This step can reduce the risk of secondary accidents being caused by the disabled bicycle and/or vehicle involved. If the bicycle is too severely damaged, or the injuries you sustained are too severe and prohibit you from moving, then circumstances and location of the bicycle accident, as well as your medical condition will dictate whether it is possible or safe for you to leave the vehicle and find a safe location away from the flow of traffic.
- If you are a cyclist who has been struck by a motorist, having your injuries assessed by a medical professional is very important. If you are able, it can be helpful later for you to obtain contact information from the at-fault motorist in the bicycle accident. Also obtaining their insurance information and the license plate number of the at-fault motorist who struck you causing the bicycle accident. Obtaining this information should always be secondary to taking care of your injuries after a bicycle accident.
- If you are planning on making a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance being struck in a bicycle accident, a police report setting forth the time, location and details of the accident is frequently useful. There are also certain scenarios where the driver is required by law to report an accident. The first scenario involves any accident that results in damage to the property – including the bicycle – of any one person of $1000.00 or more. The second scenario where an accident report is required by law is when any person suffers any bodily injury or is killed when a vehicle hits or causes a bicycle accident.
Please call John Barry Baker, P.A. (479) 521-5337 right away for a confidential legal consultation. Let us help you take control of your bicycle accident. Call us today to explore your options.