Many of the cases we deal with involve accidents involving bicycles. According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 there were 743 cyclists killed, and an estimated 48,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes, accounting for about 2 percent of the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. Fatalities were highest in California, with 141, which was about 4.7% of total traffic fatalities. Bicycle riding needs to be taken very seriously.
Bicycles are not toys
Perhaps because even small children are able to ride bicycles, bicycles may be seen by many adults as mere toys, and not taken seriously as real “vehicles,” even though they are ridden on the same roads as motorized vehicles. This is a dangerous opinion, since the average age of people killed in cycle accidents has continued to rise, and is now about 44.
Alcohol involvement—either for the motor vehicle operator or for the cyclist—was reported in more than 34 percent of all fatal cyclist crashes in 2013, and the fatality rate for males is almost 7 times greater than for females.
Safety Precautions for Bicycle Riders
The lesson to be learned from these statistics is to take bicycles seriously. Bicycles are serious vehicles. Follow the rules of safe riding:
- Don’t drink and ride.
- Obey the laws pertaining to all vehicles. A bicycle is as much a vehicle as a car.
- Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
- Wear bright clothing, and ride with others if you can.
- Make as much space as you can to give drivers a chance to see you at all times.
What should I do in case I have an Accident?
- Unless your accident was completely minor and you are sure you have no injuries, head straight for the nearest Emergency Room or your family doctor for examination.
- Get recommended treatment. Use your health insurance or auto policy medpay to pay. This ensures that you will not suffer damage to your credit score due to unpaid medical bills.
- Organize and prepare all relevant medical, police, damage and health records.
- Speak with an experienced Personal Injury Attorney to determine the best course of action.
How can Comerford Law Firm help me if I have an accident?
The last thing you need when you are injured is to deal with insurance adjustors asking for a statement about the accident, hospital billing staff asking how your bills will be paid, and all the other details that need to be taken care of after an accident happens. You should be spending your time recovering, not doing unfamiliar business. It’s a familiar business to us, and we can help relieve you of much of the stress that comes after an accident. Comerford Law Firm diligently and zealously represents clients who have been injured in traffic, slip-and-fall, animal attack and other types of accidents. We take over communication and negotiations with insurance companies and medical providers so that you can recuperate without having to worry about financial harm that might be a result of the accident.
Our system for handling bicycle accidents
Every accident case is different. Still, the steps involved in seeing to a fast and efficient recovery with the best physical and financial results are the same in most cases. When we represent a new client the first thing we do is ensure that he or she is getting the appropriate medical treatment, and that the treatment is being paid for so that our client will not have financial problems due to the injuries. Next we send a letter of representation to all related insurance companies and medical providers, instructing them to deal primarily with our firm and not disturb the client or his or her family. This instantly provides our clients with the peace of mind that they can concentrate on recovery while their case is being taken care of by caring and dedicated professionals who are looking out for their interests. While treatment continues we monitor the case and provide periodic updates to insurance providers so they will better understand the nature and extent of the injuries, providing a factual basis for later settlement negotiations. Communication with all parties is the key to successful resolution.
When treatment is finished we organize and prepare all the relevant police and medical records in a Demand Letter to the insurance company of the responsible party, summarizing the accident and the injuries and demanding a certain amount of money in settlement. We then negotiate with the company and do our best to negotiate a suitable settlement. We are proud of our record at settling cases before the need for lawsuits and litigation. Nevertheless, in those cases where negotiation does not succeed, such as when there is a genuine dispute over facts of the accident or the injuries, we are ready to file suit and take the case to the next level. It is important to note that because we take a limited number of cases each year, we are in regular communication with our clients. We always consult with them, explain their options, and make sure they are in informed agreement before taking any actions or making any settlement decision.
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