In a collision between a bicycle and a car or truck, the bicyclist is at a much greater risk of suffering a severe injury or dying. This is because unlike a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle, a bicyclist does not have a protective metal chassis that prevents him or her from impact with the vehicle, the ground, or a stationary object like a fence. When an individual is injured in a bicycle accident in Paradise, he or she can face substantial financial damages like high medical bills and lost wages.
If you are involved in a bicycle accident, seek medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. Do this even if you feel you are not injured or that your injury is minor – sometimes, an injury that appears to be minor at its outset can develop into a much more severe, debilitating issue for a victim. In some cases, victims die as the result of injuries sustained in bicycle accidents. When this happens, their loved ones can seek compensation for the damages associated with their deaths through wrongful death claims.
There are many different types of injury you can suffer in a bicycle accident. Some are fairly minor, requiring only a bandage or a topical ointment, and some can lead to life-altering complications.
Examples of the injuries a victim can suffer as the result of a bicycle accident include:
Complications that can arise as the result of these injuries include:
For a victim to receive compensation through a personal injury claim, he or she must prove that the other party was negligent and that because of this negligence, he or she suffered an injury that resulted in his or her damages. A victim can recover compensation as long as he or she is deemed to hold 50 percent of the fault for an accident or less. If a victim is determined to be 51 percent or more at fault, he or she cannot recover compensation.
Demonstrating a negligent party’s fault requires the use of evidence. This can include the official police report for the accident, photographs of the accident, and testimonies from witnesses. To demonstrate the dollar value of his or her damages, the victim can provide his or her medical record and pay stubs to show the wages he or she missed while recovering.
In Nevada, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident.
When you file a personal injury claim, an adjuster from the insurance company with which you file it will offer you a settlement amount based on the facts presented in your claim. In many cases, this settlement amount is not sufficient to cover the victim’s damages and can be negotiated higher.
When you receive your settlement offer, do not accept it until you have discussed it with your lawyer. If your lawyer feels it is not enough money to compensate you for your damages, he or she may negotiate with the insurance provider to seek more money for you. Remember, the compensation you receive needs to cover all of your damages, not only your immediate damages. If your injury prevents you from performing the type of work you did prior to the accident, you may receive compensation for the loss of your future wages.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you can be facing severe damages related to the injury. After you receive the medical care you need, consider working with a member of our team of experienced Paradise personal injury lawyers at Naqvi Injury Law to pursue compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. Contact our firm today to set up your initial consultation with a member of our team.