No matter how careful a bicyclist is, it's still possible to be in an accident. If the driver of a vehicle was negligent, the bicyclist may get compensation for their injuries. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for bicyclists to recover a sufficient settlement on their own. However, there are a number of legal issues that can arise. Especially, when attempting to request and obtain compensation from the at-fault driver in a bicycle accident.
If you're injured on your bicycle, the main focus will be on recovering from any injuries. Figuring out how to obtain compensation and making sure a settlement is sufficient to cover all accident expenses will be a lot of work. It's a better idea to let a lawyer handle this. They know how to request compensation, and how to determine who to receive compensation from. Plus, how to make sure the compensation is sufficient to cover all injuries and other damages from the bicycle accident.
Determining liability can be complicated. The liable party could be the bicyclist, the driver, or both. If the accident was due to a mistake the bicyclist made, the rider would be liable for the accident. Thus, they would not receive compensation from the driver. However, if the driver was the one to cause the accident, they would be liable. Therefore, would owe compensation to the bicyclist. In the event that both the driver and the bicyclist are liable, the bicyclist may receive compensation. But, it can be less due to their part in the accident.
Drivers, unfortunately, don't always stop when they hit a bicyclist. They may worry about potential repercussions or run for a different reason. No matter why they run, it's necessary to figure out who the driver is to obtain compensation. A lawyer can help the bicyclist track down the vehicle. They do this by looking into any evidence or witness statements. Depending on where the accident is, it may be possible to obtain video footage from local surveillance cameras to find the driver. Hit and run accidents may be more difficult to recover from. But, there are things that can be done to find the driver.
When the bicyclist recovers funds from the at-fault driver to cover injuries and other damages, they must show what those damages are and how much they cost. Medical bills show how much money was spent on recovering from the accident. Bicycle repair or replacement bills show the amount of damage done to the bicycle or any accessories. The bicyclist may also want to show how much time they had to miss from work during their recovery. Thus, they can receive compensation for their lost wages.
Dealing with a bicycle accident can be more complicated than it seems. These are just a few of the most common legal issues that will arise in a bicycle accident case. If you've been hit by a driver while on your bicycle, take the time now to set up a consultation with a lawyer and learn more about receiving compensation to cover all of your accident-related expenses. This could help you cover medical costs, repair bills, lost wages, and more.