Protecting the Rights of Bicycle Accident Victims
According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, there are over 40 million regular bicycle riders in the United States. In 2006, over 45,000 of those bicyclists were injured by motor vehicles. If you are a bicyclist who has been injured in an accident, you probably already know that many drivers and their insurance companies tend to blame the victim after an accident. Even in cases where liability seems clear such as a car turning directly in front of a bicycle the at-fault driver’s insurance company will find a way to blame the bicyclist.
At the Reinecke Law Firm, we can help. An avid bicyclist, Mr. Reinecke has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for his seriously injured clients, including $2.1 million for a bicyclist who sustained a fractured left leg and ankle in an accident.
Helping You Obtain Full Compensation
Many people who drive four-wheeled vehicles have little regard for cyclists. It’s not unusual for careless drivers to turn in front of bicycles, drive too close to bicyclists, and even hit them in bike paths. However, when such accidents occur, drivers often claim that the bicyclist was traveling too fast or came out of nowhere. Attorney Tom Reinecke will fight to hold the careless driver accountable for your injury.
Remember, a bicyclist is 14 times more likely to be killed in an accident if he or she isn’t wearing a helmet. Always protect yourself!
AFTER A BICYCLE ACCIDENT
The 10 Things to Do
- If injured – call for medical help.
- Call the police, – stay at the scene and make a police report of the facts of the accident which can later be used in an insurance claim or lawsuit. Even if liability seems clear at the time of the accident a police report is necessary to document the facts. Once an insurance company or defense attorney becomes involved they may be a dispute liability
- Exchange insurance information � get the name, address, and phone number and the insurance information of the driver at fault.
- Get the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of witnesses not only of the accident but who may have overheard statements after the accident.
- Never admit liability or discuss speeds which may be later used against you.
- Write down the facts of how the accident occurred.
- If injured symptoms increase- go to the hospital or see your doctor as soon as possible.
- Photograph the scene, your property damage and your injuries.
- Preserve evidence – store your bike and keep your helmet and damaged clothing if you have a bike computer download the trip information.
- Call us at 1-800-275-8326 for assistance.