The roads can be a very dangerous place, especially on a bicycle. Since this mode of transportation is much smaller and offers less protection than most others on the road, it is harder for other, larger vehicles to see. This is a common cause of bicycle collisions in Edmonton and throughout Alberta. Biking incidents can range in severity, though many of them result in serious injury to the cyclist. If you have been the victim of a bicycle accident, the personal injury lawyers at our firm are available to assist you.
What To Do After Your Bicycle Accident
Immediately following your bike accident, you should document the scene and obtain information with the other driver or drivers involved in the accident. Write down their names, contact information, license numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance information. If there are any witnesses to the accident, you should take down their names and contact information as well. Check for any injuries and file a police report if there are any.
If you are injured, get medical help as soon as you can. Under the at-fault driver’s insurance policy, you might be entitled to benefits. This includes financial compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, and damages to your bicycle.
Perhaps most importantly, you should reach out to an Edmonton personal injury lawyer. Set up a consultation to discuss your accident, any injuries you incurred, and how to proceed. They can help you to receive the compensation you deserve. Make sure you contact them before the at-fault driver’s insurance company contacts you. The insurance adjuster simply wants to end the claim as quickly as they can, not to give you your fair reparations. A personal injury lawyer can help ensure that your claim is managed properly and not settled before getting you the benefits you need and deserve.
Frequent Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Edmonton
When filing a claim for a claim, your lawyer will need to find proof of who is at fault. The majority of bike crashes occur due to the negligence of vehicle drivers. This is not to say that the cyclist is never at fault; the at-fault party changes from case to case. However, many bicycle accidents occur because of motor vehicle operators that:
- Run through red lights or stop signs
- Engage in distracted driving (talking on their cell phone, texting, eating, etc.)
- Speed and are unable to slow down or stop in time
- Fail to use their headlights
- Do not look for cyclists before opening their doors
Most Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
No matter the cause of the crash, more often than not, it can result in injury to the cyclist. The majority of accidents that result from a bicycle accident are non-fatal. These include broken bones, concussions, neck injuries, spinal injuries, and, in serious cases, paralysis. Many of these injuries can be a lot worse if the cyclists do not have proper protection like a helmet. Without the right protection, the injuries can be fatal.
Contact an Edmonton Personal Injury Lawyer
To make the most of your claim, you will need to assistance of a trustworthy personal injury lawyer in Edmonton. With our help, you can make sure that you obtain the proper benefits for your injuries, damages, and your pain and suffering. We can assess your documentation, contact witnesses, determine fault, and help you present your case. By letting us handle all the work, you can focus on what truly matters, regaining your health. Give us a call to set up a consultation today.
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