Frequently Asked Questions After A Bicycle Accident
Bicycles are a popular form of transportation throughout Georgia. Unfortunately, sharing the roads with larger motor vehicles can be a serious risk for bicyclists. If you are involved in a bicycle accident, you may have a long list of questions. Glenda Mitchell Law Firm is here to help you through it. We offer free consultations in order to sit down and discuss your concerns.
What should I do after a bicycle accident?
A bicycle accident is not very different from a motor vehicle accident. Bicycles are legally vehicles, of course. After an accident, you should immediately:
- Contact the police to ensure there is an official report of the accident
- Seek medical attention, even if you think you are not injured
- Exchange insurance information with the driver
- Document the damages and injuries, if possible, with photos
Contacting a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can also help ease the stress of your recovery process after a serious bicycle accident.
What do I have to prove to recover compensation?
To obtain compensation, you must prove:
- You followed all traffic laws
- You are less than 50% responsible for the accident
- The motorist had a duty to the cyclist to drive safely
- The motorist’s negligence caused the accident
- The negligence resulted in serious personal injury
How do I know if my insurance company will cover the cost of my injuries?
Most auto insurance packages include coverage for bicycle accidents. However, this insurance usually only applies if the accident involved a motor vehicle. If the driver of the motor vehicle has auto insurance, then bicyclists usually can recover compensation for:
- Physical damages
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
A bicyclist might run into trouble if their accident did not involve a car. Then it is beneficial to get a skilled attorney on your side to protect your rights and secure your compensation.
What if my bicycle accident did not involve a motor vehicle? Can I still sue for compensation?
Collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles are generally the most common kind of bicycle accident. However, these accidents could also involve pedestrians or other bicyclists. They could even involve hazardous conditions such as potholes. It is up to the city to maintain sidewalks, roads and bike trails. So, if your bike accident was the result of poor municipal maintenance, then the city could be at fault for your injuries.
Call Today To Discuss Your Options
If you have more specific questions about your individual situation, contact Glenda Mitchell Law Firm today. You can use our online contact form or call our office at 678-721-0417 to arrange a free consultation with our seasoned personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Cartersville and Greenville.