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Crucial Steps to Take After You’ve Been Hit by a Truck, Bus, or Car While Biking

Getting hit by a vehicle while biking is a terrifying experience. The impact of the collision can cause serious injuries, which may have lifelong repercussions. If you or someone you know have been injured because of a negligent driver, it is important to understand some critical options. Knowing what to do after a crash can play an important role in the victim’s recovery and any potential legal case.

  • Get medical attention: Your health needs to be your top priority after a crash. Whether you think you have an injury or not, it is important to consider whether you should receive a medical evaluation after the collision.  It is fairly common for people to experience delayed symptoms after a crash or for the injuries to be more severe than they initially thought.  Therefore, you should not rule out a medical consult even if you believe you are uninjured or will recover shortly after the crush.  Better to be safe than sorry. Even if you opt out of going to the hospital because your injuries seem minor, you should still consider seeing a physician shortly after the collision.
  • Speak with the police: The police are supposed to come to every accident simply to document the events, if nothing else. When they get here, this is your opportunity to make certain your version of the accident is properly recorded. IF you do not, then the driver who struck you almost certainly will. These reports carry significant weight in any possible legal proceeding and are essential for you to receive medical treatment after the accident.
  • Collect names and addresses: There is no better time to take down the information of possible witnesses to your accident than right after it has happened. You should – at minimum – try to get information of the responsible driver. If you’re able, every witness to the accident you can secure information for can make a large impact on the case.
  • Do not confront the driver: Gaining the other driver’s address and phone number is a requirement but talking about the accident at that time is a mistake. They may take responsibility. They may not. Anything you say to them may eventually become evidence in a lawsuit. It is best to keep interactions with that person to a bare minimum.
  • Take pictures: Photographic evidence, especially right after the accident, is extremely compelling. You’ll want to take pictures of your bike, the vehicle that hit you, the terrain, and any skid marks. The more photographic evidence you have, the more easily your attorney can reconstruct what happened.
  • Call an attorney: Speaking to a lawyer will help you better understand your legal situation. With your attorney, you can speak freely about the accident, your worries, your actions leading up to it and your goals. The lawyer can take this information and use it to craft their legal strategy.

How Will an Attorney Help?

When you hire an attorney for your case, you can expect the attorney to:

  • Negotiate with the insurance company: If you have an attorney early on after an accident, they can take on the task of notifying and speaking with the insurance company for you. Having your attorney speak to insurance is extremely important, as insurance companies will try to talk you into taking a minimal settlement that may not cover your costs.
  • Educate you on your outcome: Your situation is likely going to involve factors that you may not fully grasp. An experienced and skilled attorney will understand these matters well and be able to provide you with potential outlooks for your case.
  • Advocate for you: While many personal injury cases end in a settlement, many also go to trial. Both in and out of the courtroom, a qualified lawyer will fight for every dollar that you are legally entitled to.

Essentially, an attorney takes on all the major and minor stresses of your claim so that you can focus on your healing.

What Kind of Compensation Is Likely After a Car Hits Me?

Compensation for any personal injury is meant to cover you for what you lost during the accident. The theory is that the money paid in a settlement or verdict will “make you whole.” Those damages can be extensive when you get hit by a car on your bike. They may include:

  • Medical bills: Cyclists are more likely to suffer serious injuries in a crash because they have a lot less protection than a driver or passenger of a vehicle. These injuries are typically expensive to treat, and a personal injury lawsuit can help the victim recover compensation for damages that they suffered as a result of the accident.
  • Missed time at work: While you recover from extensive injuries, there is a strong likelihood you will not have the ability to work. Even a desk job can be nearly impossible to perform if you are in extreme pain after a vehicle hits you.
  • Property damage: Depending on the bike, finding a replacement is extremely expensive. If you had other personal property, such as a phone or a computer on your person during the accident, it is likely also destroyed.
  • Noneconomic damages: These damages include pain and suffering or other damages that are harder to calculate.  While challenging to quantify, noneconomic damages often make up the most significant portion of a person’s recovery.

In many states, there are limits to noneconomic damages, often around $500,000, although each state has a few legal distinctions in their caps. However, if you were struck by a car while on your bike in New York, these caps do not exist.

Your road to recovery may be longer than you’d like, making the possible compensation from a personal injury lawsuit extremely necessary. Our team of skilled personal injury attorneys has spent decades fighting for clients and has built a reputation for compassion and aggressive representation. We will not rest until justice is served. With us on your side, you will not regret it.

Call us at 212-736-5300 or use this contact form, and an attorney will reach out to you shortly.

New York Lawyers Representing Injured Cyclists

If you’ve been hit by a vehicle or injured in any other way while biking, you may have legal recourse to file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable parties. The bicycle accident lawyers at Block O’Toole & Murphy have attained top results for clients injured while biking, including a $110 million jury verdict for a cyclist who suffered paralysis after he was hit by a falling railroad tie. Select results in other bicycle accident lawsuits include:

  • $2.5 million settlement in a Bronx case for a client who was riding a bicycle to work when a driver of a double-parked van opened the door suddenly and hit the client. Our client fell to the concrete below and suffered traumatic injuries to his lumbar spine, hip and knee.
  • $2.1 million settlement in a Queens case for a cyclist who was knocked to the ground by a garbage truck that was making a turn at an intersection. As a result of the crash, the cyclist suffered spinal injuries and multiple fractures.
  • $1.3 million settlement for a Brooklyn cyclist who was knocked down to the ground after being hit by a car. As a result of the collision, he sustained leg, back and neck injuries.
  • $1.25 million settlement for a bicycle messenger who was hit by an SUV. He sustained a fracture to the right tibia and fibula and knee injuries, which required multiple surgeries.

Our personal injury attorneys provide free legal consultations to accident victims. To speak with a qualified lawyer, please call 212-736-5300 or fill out our contact form and an attorney will reach out to you.

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