Whether you are an athlete, a casual cyclist, or simply ride your bike to get from place-to-place, many people opt for riding their bikes on the roads these days. A great form of exercise and much cheaper than owning a car, there are many pluses to cycling.
However, if you choose to ride on the roads, there are risks involved.
When you drive a vehicle, any vehicle, on the road as opposed to the sidewalk or a trail, you are required to obey the rules of the road. Likewise, you are considered a vehicle on the road and all other vehicles must also treat you as such. Cyclists have a bigger risk when it comes to safety. Due to their lack of physical protection, bikers are more likely to become injured, or even killed, in any sort of collision.
All 50 states have laws to protect cyclists riding on the roads. Of course, you may be entitled to seek the compensation you deserve after an accident, but what’s most important is understanding your responsibilities and what you should do if you’re injured on the road.
- Contact Police& Filing a Report
In any collision, this is an important step. However, as a cyclist it is especially necessary to have the proper authority to follow procedure. If you have been in an accident with another vehicle, you want to ensure that you are given the correct name and information.
While we all hope people will do the right thing, many times they can become afraid and make wrong choices that can negatively impact you. Some people may even flee the scene and later deny ever being there.
Without concrete proof, it can become hard to make your case. Contact the police to ensure that you are given the right information, and also assist them in filing an accident report by giving them as many details as possible. This will be especially crucial if you need to take legal action against the other party.
- Documentation of Injuries
As a cyclist, getting your injuries documented after an accident is of the utmost importance.
Often the adrenaline will delay any feelings of pain or discomfort, and you can underestimate the seriousness of an injury, which can lead to potential complications later.
Should you choose to present your case in court, all official documentation will strengthen your case. Medical records are necessary if you are seeking compensation for medical expenses.
Be sure to take photographs of all injuries, damage, and any other result from the collision.
- Legal Counsel
In the USA, everyone has a right to an attorney. Accidents can be terrifying, and you may be highly emotional and unable to think clearly immediately after.
By contacting an attorney, they will be able to keep a level head and walk you through any and all steps following the collision.
It is also important to have an attorney when dealing with the insurance company of the other driver in question. They are representing their client, and will attempt to shift the blame and place it on your shoulders. By recruiting legal counsel, you have a team of experts that are representing you and your concerns and want to ensure that you receive the correct amount of compensation for your troubles.
Attorneys can assist in compensation for many things involved in a collision. Not only can you seek payment for medical records, but you can also seek compensation for things such as loss of wages due to the injury, property damage, out of pocket costs (such as prescriptions) and even therapy for trauma afterwards.
Being in an accident can be terrifying, and dealing with an injury on top of that is not something anyone would wish to go through. However, as a cyclist on the road you have just as many rights as automobile drivers and deserve fair and just representation when going to trial.