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Bicycle Accidents

When you’ve been the victim of a bicycle crash, you may have questions about what to do next. What steps should you take? Who is going to pay your medical bills? What if the driver fled the scene?

The experienced attorneys at Ladenburg Law help bicyclists in Tacoma, Olympia, Lakewood and surrounding areas get the compensation they deserve. Make no mistake: bicycle crashes are very different from car crashes. As both skilled attorneys and avid bicyclists, we want to help you get back on your feet.

Read on to learn more how we can help you during this time.

What should I do after a bicycle crash?

Here are the steps you should take immediately after a bicycle crash. We recognize that you may be seeing this list well after the fact. If so, there are items here you may still be able to do.

  1. Get off the road! Don’t get hit a second time by oncoming traffic. Move off to the side of the road. However, if possible – leave your bike in place until police can come. Allow them to see the position and damage caused as evidence in their police report.
  2. Call the police. It’s important that you document your collision with a police report. Ask for a copy.
  3. Do all you can to get the driver to stay at the scene. It’s not unusual for the driver to want to flee the scene. Or, they may try to convince you that you’re OK and that police and insurance companies don’t need to get involved. Don’t let them persuade you. If you let that other driver leave without getting their information, you may regret it.
  4. Get contact information. First, collect the name and contact information of the other driver. Include their vehicle and driver’s license numbers and insurance information. If applicable, ask for witness names and numbers.
  5. Take photos. Photos can be an important part of building your case. We encourage you to take photos of your injuries, damage to your bicycle, and crash location. Take photos of anything relevant to the accident, too – such as skid marks, traffic signals, potholes, or weather conditions.
  6. Seek immediate medical care. Often, you may not realize how injured you really are until the adrenaline rush dies down. Don’t wait. Get into your doctor’s office or hospital if need be. Not only does this help your healing, it establishes the basis for your claim.

The insurance company is calling – should I talk to them?

Here’s what you should not do: provide any recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company. Remember, their goal is to reduce their losses and discredit your claim. Nothing you say in a statement will help you. In fact, it could hurt your claim big time.

Instead, please call our bicycle crash attorneys at 253.272.5226 as soon as possible. We’ll work with the insurance company to get you the best possible compensation.

What happens if the driver does a hit and run?

Unfortunately, we’ve seen many instances where the driver does not do the right thing and will leave the scene after hitting a bicyclist. If you or a witness, can snap a photo of a license plate number, that’s a start. But sometimes, you have nothing to go on.

Even in this upsetting situation, you might be able to file a claim against your own insurance policy. Pull out your declarations page or call your agent and ask if you have uninsured motorist coverage. If so, we may be able to assist in recovering your damages.

What if my bicycle accident was caused by debris or poor road conditions?

Debris and other road hazards are common causes of bicycle and motorcycle accidents. So, who’s responsible for this?

As with the hit-and-run driver scenario mentioned above, this is where uninsured motorist coverage can be useful. If you have this coverage, we can help you file a claim against your own insurance company. In our investigation, we might also discover that a city or other party may be held liable for not addressing road hazards. The best way to know your options is to give us a call and tell us what happened.

What if I suspect a defect with my bicycle caused my crash?

We can also help if you suspect that your crash was caused because of a defect in your bicycle.

These cases demand expert help. It’s not easy to discover a product defect and bring a lawsuit against a manufacturer or supplier. The good news is that our attorneys have won many defective products cases over the years. (Read about how products liability works to learn more.)

What kind of compensation can I get for my bicycle accident?

Sometimes, you’ll see calculators on websites, claiming they can produce a magic number about what your case is worth. Unfortunately, determining the value of your claim is not that simple.

When we take your case, here are some of the damages we’ll want to assess:

  • Medical bills (this includes anticipated future bills)
  • Lost wages (plus, any missed overtime or bonus opportunities)
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering

In a bicycle crash, it’s not uncommon for you to sustain very serious injuries that require extensive, ongoing care. We’ll also want to understand in what ways the crash has impacted your life. From there, we’ll fight to win you a settlement that restores your losses.

Why should I work with a bicycle accident attorney?

Not all personal injury lawyers or car accident lawyers can handle bicycle crash claims. Also, insurance adjustors often don’t understand their own policies when it comes to paying bicycle accident victims.

This is why we recommend you call the attorneys at Ladenburg Law. Not only do we have extensive experience helping bicycle crash victims: we are also avid bicyclists ourselves! While we our proud to live in the country’s #1 best state for bicyclists, there’s more we can do to make our roads safer.

Let us take some of the burden off your plate so you can focus on your health and healing. At Ladenburg Law, we only collect a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement. Call us today at 253.272.5226 for a no-obligation, no-fee consultation about your case.

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