I Got Hit by a Car on My Bike. What Should I Do?
Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyers Help Cyclists after an Accident
Cyclists have equal rights on the roads, but all too often inattentive or reckless drivers cause life-changing accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced auto accident lawyers Milwaukee trusts for maximum compensation.
What Do I Do if I Got Hit by a Car while Riding My Bike?
After an accident, your adrenaline will be racing and your initial reaction may be shock or anger. You may not realize the extent of your injuries, and your instinct to yell at the driver or simply accept blame for the accident by saying you’re “fine” can make a bad situation worse. Your best bet is to remain calm and follow these steps:
- Move out of traffic
- Check yourself for injuries
- Call 911
- Get the driver’s name, address, and insurance info
- Wait for help to arrive
Additional tips to keep in mind following a bicycle accident:
- Don’t admit fault or minimize your injuries
- Get the bike checked by a mechanic before trying to ride it again
- If ticketed, don’t challenge the officer on the spot, but have a lawyer look into it
- Get a personal injury lawyer
After being involved in an accident, you have 3 years to file a claim in the state of Wisconsin. Having an experienced legal team fighting for your best interests is critical for getting the compensation you deserve. The Milwaukee personal injury lawyers at Warshafsky Law are committed to helping you receive the highest possible monetary awards from all liable parties.
What if I’m Involved in a Hit-and-Run Accident?
Unfortunately, hit-and-run bicycle accidents are incredibly common. Texting while driving and other reckless driving habits cause bicycle vs vehicle accidents, and the driver continues on their way without even checking to ensure the cyclist is ok. While it may feel like it, these cases are not always a lost cause. At Warshafsky Law, we take extra steps to ensure the driver pays for their negligence. This includes scrambling to get our private investigators out to the scene of the accident as quickly as possible, since much of the evidence in these types of collisions is often cleaned up or easily removed shortly after the accident takes place. If there is any on-site evidence to be found, our experienced team will uncover it and document it, to bring the driver to justice. We will also look for eyewitnesses who can help identify the driver.
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Three Things to Do Following a Bicycle Hit-and-Run Accident:
Immediately File a Police Report
Even though the driver fled the scene, you must still contact the police. Even if the driver of the vehicle cannot be located, insurance claims will require an investigation be initiated and documented in a police report.
Get Medical Care Right Away
After a bicycle accident, many cyclists tend to be concerned about the wellbeing of their bike instead of their physical health. Bicycle accidents often result in significant injuries, and if proper medical care is not received, these injuries can turn into lifelong, chronic pain problems—potentially ending your cycling career. Plus, having a record of medical treatment is another piece of evidence we can use to get you the maximum settlement of judgment for your injuries.
Identify Any Witnesses
After a hit and run, eyewitnesses are crucial to your case. Try to get their contact information and a statement to help with any police investigations.
Milwaukee’s Best Bicycle Accident Lawyers Fight for Maximum Compensation
Even if the negligent or reckless driver is never caught, victims of bicycle accidents deserve compensation for their injuries and medical expenses. Our diligent attorneys will take on the driver, their insurance company, and/or your own insurance company to make sure you’re fairly compensated. Insurance companies make a low initial settlement offer to try to save money and avoid going to trial. When they see Warshafsky’s Milwaukee personal injury lawyers coming, they usually up their offer because if they don’t, we’ll take them to court and get even more.
Schedule your free consultation. You’ll meet with one of our lawyers and find out what to expect from the legal process and how much money you could be awarded for your bicycle accident. Then, we fully fund your case until you receive your settlement or judgment award. We don’t get paid until you get paid.