Riding a bike is fantastic like any outdoor activity these days. It’s becoming an essential type of workout in the days of non-stop stress. The job is taking a lot of time for an average American citizen. Even in these excellent outdoor activities, there is a chance to become a participant in some accident. You should always know your rights and lean towards them in urgent situations. There is all kind of compensations when it comes to bicycle accidents.
You may be entitled to compensation for the following:
You can claim compensation from severe bruising to broken bones and even psychological damage like depression, as long as they are caused as a correlation with the results of the accident.
If the bike can be repaired and the cost of servicing is less than what the bike was worth before the accident you can claim the repair coast. If your bike is damaged beyond repair or the cost of repair is higher then the value of the bike, you can claim amount that is equal before the accident. You will need paperwork and written estimates from the bike shops to claim for bike damages.
You can claim compensation based on any damage related to your items and belongings. This will include any article of clothing, cycling helmet or any additional attachments on your bike.
Loss of earnings
You can claim for loss of profits if to need to stay out of work because you need to recover from the injury. Providing evidence of how much you would have earned if you had not been forced to miss work. If you are a paid employee, loss of earnings covers all possible sources of income from basic pay to bonuses. If you are self-employed, your potential loss of profits can be taken into consideration. If you are unemployed and looking for a work at the time of the accident, you can claim compensation for potential loss of earnings if the crash kept you from getting a job.
Additional travel costs
If your bicycle was you main transport and post-accident, you are forced to take public transportation or make other arrangements. You can claim compensation based on the mileage traveled.
If you have any mental trauma or disability after the accident, you can file these as an individual’s case demands. These types of damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment in life and loss of consortium. Having the right documentation from a valid medical institution is essential. PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) is affecting more and more people who were in some accident. In any of the cases, you need to produce evidence regarding receipts and other documentation. This is not a straightforward process, so it’s in your interest to contact a personal injury solicitor than to try to claim compensation yourself.
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If you are a part of these type of accident, please seek medical attention first!
Bicycle Accidents In Arizona
Rising fuel costs in the capitalist era have made bicycles more popular than ever. Also, the rise of eco-consciousness has brought more popularity to bike as transporting vehicle. But increasing number of bikes means an increasing number of accidents- and they often lead to disfigurement, injury, and death.
Bicycle accidents take place on all kind of roads, during any season or whether, under all conditions. Some conditions are more dangerous than others. Intersections are one of the most dangerous places for the cyclist because they can be struck by a vehicle that disregards the cyclist’s right-of-way.
Bike riding is an everyday activity in Arizona. During 2011. 1604 people were injured and 24 people killed.
When can cyclists make a claim
When motorist negligently strikes someone riding a bike, that bicyclist can make a claim against them for his/her damages, including medical bills, suffering, pain, disfigurement, lost wages and other losses caused by accident.
Biking injuries are often involving a motor vehicle because bikers have nearly nothing protecting them. We see injuries like multiple fractures, back & neck, physical wounds and severe head trauma. Sometimes, low impact collisions can cause serious damage.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents
The harsh reality is that your physical safety is at risk every time you get on a cycle. Drivers are not the only problem on the road. Serious contributors are also lack of signs, road shoulders and bike lanes. Still, driver inattention is still the most common precursor to the collisions that injure bicycle riders.
Some of the following examples of driver negligence or wrongdoing that leads to a bicycle accident include :
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- Bike lane intrusion
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Driving at high speed
- Making an unsafe turn or a dangerous lane change
- Entering the street from a parking spot or driveway
840 cyclist were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S in 2016.
Different types of cyclist accidents
We in Schenk Podolsky Attorneys at Law prepare our cases thoroughly. With our prepared litigators we are ready to handle almost any type of bicycle accident, including, but not limited to:
- Hit and Run accident
- Sudden Stops
- Bike lane violations
- Drivers rolling through stops
- Bicycle manufacturer defects
- Dangerous road conditions
- Wrongful death
What to do when you are involved in a Cyclist Accident
If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you should call authorities right away, and let the police investigate the crash so the report can be filed. Police reports are useful in recording the names involved in the accidents, identifying witnesses, talking statements of the people at the scene and making crash diagrams. Most of the negligent drivers will often tell the truth to the police if you notify the authorities fast.
If you notify authorities later, defendants often have a chance to change their stories. If you are struck by a vehicle, we can submit a claim with the negligent defendant’s insurance company and start our consultations about future litigation.