If you have suffered injuries due to a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of others, you should get in touch with an expert Lawrenceville bicycle accident lawyer at the Law Office of John B. Jackson. It is possible to get fair compensation for the injuries you have suffered in the accident where another driver harmed you while bicycling.
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What Actions Should I Take If Hit By A Car While On My Bike?
In case your bicycle has been hit by a car, it is imperative for you to take it as seriously as a car wreck. You should try to document as much as you can. Give a call to 911 in case your phone is working. The police will not only help you obtain the required medical help but they will also write a report.
You should try to get as many pictures as possible. These should include the vehicles involved in the incident, the scene of the accident, and the condition of your bike as well as other things that might be relevant. You should also take photos of your injuries including bruises and scrapes. Do not forget to get the names and numbers of any witnesses.
It is also important for you to pay attention to your health and get required medical help. Your next step should be to give a call to an expert personal injury attorney as quickly as possible after the accident.
Here at the Law Office of John B. Jackson, we have our own team of specialists and investigators to determine and prove liability. You do not need to worry about communicating with the insurance company as we will take care of that.
It is important to not sign any paperwork given by the insurance company. You should also never make a recorded statement. Keep in mind that the first goal of an insurance company is to pay as little money as possible and settle quickly. You should also know that nobody has a legal right to know whether you have health insurance in the state of Georgia. Your medical history can be held against you unfairly in the court.
Bicycle Accident – Types of Personal Injury Claims
There are 2 types of claims involved in an accident:
There is the property damage claim that is designed to claim the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged bicycle. There is also the bodily injury claim wherein you should get compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages as well as medical expenses.
What If I’m In A Hit-And-Run Bicycle Accident?
It’s important to stay calm in a hit-and-run accident. It is not easy to stay calm as your adrenaline is pumping and you are injured. Most probably, you are also angry as someone left the scene of the accident after injuring you. It’s time for you to collect as much information as possible including the color, model and make of the vehicle.
If you didn’t get the license number, ask around if anybody noticed the license number. Get information from any witnesses present at the accident site. Any kind of information might prove to be highly valuable later. Keep in mind that in the state of Georgia, it is a criminal act to hit-and-run in any case of a vehicle accident. You should also immediately give a call to the Lawrenceville Police Department.
What If My Bicycle Accident Was Caused By A Road Issue?
You might get compensation in case the cause of your bicycle accident was a code violation or negligence by a municipality or a city. In case the accident happened on private property, the business owner or the property owner would be the liable party.
The defects might include improperly functioning traffic lights, potholes, an uncovered meter or drain as well as traffic signs obstructed by foliage.
In such cases, it is important to gather as much information as possible. Use your phone to take photos. In case the traffic light is not functioning properly, you should make a video including the sequence as well as the timing of the traffic light. Take the contact information of witnesses. If the incident happened in front of a business, talk to the owner as they might be aware since when the problem has been going on. Your case will become stronger in case other people have also been injured due to the same issue.
Will The At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Policy Cover My Bike Accident?
You are allowed to file a claim through the at-fault driver’s insurance policy in case you have been injured by another vehicle. The uninsured motorist coverage might apply in case you or your bike has been injured by a hit-and-run driver. In many cases, a bicycle accident isn’t much different from a car accident.
You should always keep in mind that representatives of the insurance companies are looking out for the insurance company and not you which means they would want to settle quickly. It is important that you should never talk to a representative that includes the representative of your own insurance company without the presence of your car accident attorney. Make sure your attorney is present if you agree to a taped conversation.
Bike Accident Case – Uninsured At-Fault Driver
If your insurance policy has underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage, you might be able to file an underinsured or uninsured motorist claim with your insurance company. The coverage of your auto policy should apply as the accident happened when you were on a vehicle.
Underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage, commonly known as UM coverage is not required in the state of Georgia. The state of Georgia only requires you to have liability coverage which protects the other party in case you are at fault. We strongly recommend buying UM coverage to make sure that you are always completely protected from such drivers.
Filing a Bicycle Accident Claim – By the Family Members of the Person Killed
You are allowed to sue on behalf of a deceased family member in case the cause of action is wrongful death. While it’s not possible to replace the life of a loved one but you can get compensated financially. Georgia law allows you to recover the full value of the life of the deceased in case it is found that another party is at fault for the death of a relative. The calculation of the full value depends on the professional status, education and age of your loved one.
As experienced attorneys, we will help you recover compensation for accrued medical expenses, for pain and suffering, and any future income they would have earned.
Give a Call to Our Specialized Lawrenceville Bicycle Accident Attorneys Now
The Law Office of John B. Jackson will pair an experienced Lawrenceville personal injury lawyer to work on your case and to help recover fair damages for physical injuries as well as property damage. You could use the property damages for replacing a broken bicycle or other riding equipment. The bodily injuries damages could help you get compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical costs. You may not owe any legal fees in case we are unable to recover any damages for you.
Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation and to speak with an experienced Lawrenceville bicycle accident attorney.