Many bicyclists ride for the positive health effects -- a good cardio workout, some fresh air, and less pollution. But every now and then, being on the bike, or being knocked off of it, can have some negative health effects as well.
Bicycle accidents are unfortunately fairly common, and many of those accidents result in injuries. Here are a few legal pointers if you're considering a bicycle injury lawsuit.
Not all bike crashes need to result in lawsuits. If you're involved in a collision with a car, the driver's insurance may cover your injuries. And if you were hurt because of dangerous road conditions or faulty sidewalk repair, you might file a claim against the city, county, or state and receive compensation without going to court.
Not all bicycle injuries are to the adult riders. As more parents bring their children along for the ride, the chances for injuries increase. Find out how to deal with injuries to children if they're riding along in a baby seat or in the trailer behind the bike.
If you've been injured in a cycling accident, what you do right after the crash will be crucial to any future legal claims. Contacting law enforcement and your insurance company, documenting the scene and injuries, and getting as much information as possible from other parties involved may be the difference between winning and losing your case.
Compared to their driving counterparts, cyclists are vulnerable on the road. And accidents on bicycles can be especially dangerous. Stories of catastrophic injuries and even deaths are not uncommon in bicycle accidents cases, so be careful while riding, and after a crash as well.
And when it comes to those deadly accidents, not all states are created equally. Find out which states are the most dangerous for cyclists, and which are the safest as well.
If you've been hurt in a bike crash, contact an experienced injury attorney.
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