Tacoma bike accident attorneys at Ladenburg Law have experience handling the complexities bicycle collisions injuries claims. Bike accidents have unique aspects that different than car accident injury claims. There are different rules for insurance injury claims that apply to bicycle injury claims. Call Ladenburg Law today to learn your rights. Personal injury consultations are free so call 253-272-5226 today.
Bicycles must follow the rules of the road like other vehicles.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) pays for medical bills incurred to treat injuries to the driver and other people in the car. PIP will pay the medical bills no matter who is at fault for the collision.
Don’t turn left from the right lane. Don’t go straight in a lane marked “right-turn only.”
Motorists may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right.
Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving. Some riders use rear-view
You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since brakes are less efficient when wet.
Always wear a helmet. Never wear headphones or devices that may block your hearing while riding a bike.
In rain wear a poncho or waterproof suit. Dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes. Wear bright colored clothing.
Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy, and of self-protection.
Get in the middle of the lane at busy intersections and whenever you are moving at the same speed as traffic.
There are two choices: (1) Like an auto: signal to move into the left turn lane and then turn left. (2) Like a pedestrian: ride straight to the far side crosswalk. Walk your bike across.
Assume that other drivers don’t see you until you are sure that they do. Eye contact is important with any driver which might pose a threat to your safety.
Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, ice, sand or debris. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
the law requires a white headlight (visible from at least 500 feet ahead) and a rear reflector or taillight (visible up to 300 feet from behind).
Adjust your bike to fit you and keep it working properly. Check brakes and tires regularly. Routine maintenance is simple and you can learn to do it yourself.
Even the most safe bicyclist can be injured by in a collision. Drivers are more distracted now than ever and there are more bikes are the road now than ever. The result is that thousands of bicyclists are injured every year. National and statewide bicycle crash statistics paint a grim picture of the dangers that bicyclists face. Consider these alarming numbers:
If you are injured on your bicycle there are important steps you need to take to ensure your rights are not jeopardized. Even if you do not think you are injured at the scene, it is important to follow the steps below. Many people do not realize they are injured until the adrenaline rush subsides hours later. Often what seems like a minor injury develops into a serious problem. Here is what you need to do:
It is important that you document the collision with a police report. Make sure the office takes down your version of the events.
from the driver and any witnesses. Get the driver’s phone, number, address, driver’s license number, vehicle license number, and insurance information. Get contact information from all witnesses.
of the scene. Take photos of the vehicle involved, your bike, the intersection or road and even a photo of the driver. If you don’t have access to a camera, ask someone else at the scene if they can help by taking photos. As soon as possible, write down a detail description of the collision.
by seeking immediate medical attention, even if your injuries are minor. Take photos of your injuries the as soon as possible and again several times during your recovery.
about the collision or your injuries to the insurance company.
from an experience personal injury attorney who handles bike collision cases. Bike collision cases are different from auto collision in many respects. Many attorneys who do not handle bike injuries cases often may over look important details.
Handling the added burden of an insurance claim can be overwhelming after a collision. Seek the advice of an attorney experienced with cycling claims.
Injuries on bicycles do not always involve being struck by a vehicle. Sometimes other bicyclist cause collisions. Sometimes dangerous road conditions (pot holes, large grates, etc) cause injuries. Sometimes vehicles causes crashes without ever striking the bike. Even in these circumstances, there often is insurance available to pay your medical expenses. Many insurance
representatives do not fully understand the requirements under their own policies with respect to bicycle injuries. An experience attorney can sort out these issues and ensure that you receive all benefits you are entitled to after an injury.
Despite the dangers of riding a bicycle, the vast majority of bike riders are never injured. Do not let fear stop you from enjoying the benefits of riding a bicycle. Chances are you will never need to use the advice in this post, but if you do you are will be prepared.
It’s extremely important that you don’t provide a statement to the other driver’s insurance company before talking to a personal injury attorney. And definitely don’t sign any documents. If you want excellent and experienced advocacy, call us at Ladenburg Law. We’ve handled many bicycle cases and can provide skilled advice and representation. (253) 272-5226.
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