Fixing Your Bike After an AccidentPosted on January 31, 2013
Bicyclists often get seriously hurt in cycling accidents involving cars. Even if you are lucky enough to only sustain minor injuries, your bike will probably be mangled by the impact. You may need the help of an attorney to get the motorist who hit you to pay for your bike replacement. Contact Attorney Bill Shirer, the Cyclist at Law, for help if you have had this type of accident.
Get a Police Report
It’s important to get an official police report if you are involved in a bicycle accident. The police report helps protect you in the event the driver changes his or her story when you file your claim. Call 911 as soon as possible after an accident. If you are seriously injured, medical care is your first priority, but you should talk to the police as soon as you are able to do so.
If at all possible, take photos of the scene of the accident and the damage to your bike. This can help prove that the driver was at fault and that repairs or replacements for your bicycle are necessary.
Call an Attorney First
It’s important to talk to your attorney before calling your insurance company. Your attorney can advise you on how to approach your insurance in order to maximize the chances of getting your bike replaced for free.
Give your attorney a copy of the police report, your medical bills, and photos of the scene of the accident. That way, he or she can help you put together your case and file a lawsuit if necessary.
In some cases, your insurance company may pay for your bike to be fixed. If your insurance company does not, however, you should be prepared to sue the driver who hit you. You and your attorney will have to prove that the driver was at fault for the accident in order to receive compensation for your bike and any personal injuries you may have sustained.
If you need a Dallas bike accident attorney, please call the Cyclist at Law at 800-877-6188 to schedule your free initial consultation.