While cycling can be a great way to get around, bicycle accidents can be a harrowing experience. If you have been struck by a vehicle, other cyclist or have been injured due to dangerous property conditions, it is vital that you obtain legal assistance immediately. Waiting will only add to your stress and can have a negative impact on your ability to make a claim, particularly if you wait too long.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Even if you are wearing all of the appropriate safety gear, injuries in a bicycle accident can be significantly more severe than those involving two motor vehicles. Head and brain injuries are common, ranging from minor scrapes to irreparable brain damage. In addition to jaws and noses, your list of broken bones can include your limbs and vertebrae.
Serious injuries to the spinal cord can leave victims temporarily or permanently paralyzed and the range of potential internal injuries is quite daunting. Along with these demanding conditions, people in bike accidents can suffer from all kinds of skin lacerations.
What to Do After a Bicycle Accident
Immediately report the incident and seek medical attention, even if you feel fine right after the collision. It may take time to feel internal injuries, and you need to have the appropriate reports to prove that you were harmed during the accident. Recording the event with the authorities is the first step.
If you have a camera or recording device, take pictures and videos of the scene. You need to have a record of pertinent information, including damage to your bike, safety gear and anything else that seems relevant. For instance, if your bicycle accident involves dangerous property, your photos will substantiate your story in the event the owner makes the appropriate repairs.
How an Attorney Can Help
After a bicycle accident, you might just want to crawl into bed and forget the whole thing. However, this will not heal your injuries nor get your medical bills covered. An attorney can make sure that the responsible parties pay for your medical expenses and provide financial compensation when appropriate. You will no longer have to deal with insurance agents, bill collectors and other parties related to the incident.
Your New Jersey compensatory damages include future medical bills related to the accident as well as lost wages for the time you are unable to work. In addition to pain and suffering, the state also allows victims compensation for loss of enjoyment related to normal activities.
The liability claims related to bicycle accidents can quickly become complex, which is why you need to have professional representation. Contact our offices today for a free consultation regarding the justice and compensation you deserve.