Being hit by a car while riding your bike can change your life. Call an experienced bike accident attorney if you’ve been harmed.
Riding a bike is a very popular activity throughout Massachusetts, especially during the warmer months of the year. Both good for you and earth-friendly, biking may seem like the perfect way to get around. But bike riding can be dangerous, too, and every year there are dozens of bicyclists involved in crashes, and a handful who die as a result. If you are hit by a car and injured while riding your bicycle in our state, it’s important that you know what to do, who’s liable, and how to get compensation. Call our experienced Massachusetts bicycle accident lawyers at the office of Tetzel Law, LLC today for a free consultation and more information.
What to Do Following a Bicycle Accident in Massachusetts
If you are involved in a bicycle accident in Massachusetts, knowing what to do immediately following the accident may ultimately help you recover the compensation award that you deserve.
The first thing that you should do is report the accident – call the police while you are at the scene, tell the operator what happened, and let the operator know if you are injured. As you wait for the police to arrive, collect evidence if you are able to, such as photographs of the accident scene.
After you have reported the accident, your immediate priority should be to seek medical care. Then, you should call your insurance company (if you have car insurance) and report the accident. If you don’t have insurance, you’ll need to get in contact with the insurance company of the driver who hit you.
Who’s Liable for Injuries and Damages Following a Bicycle Accident?
Bicycle accidents can leave a cyclist with tragic injuries, some of which may be life-threatening or permanently disabling. If you are facing economic and noneconomic damages after a crash, you deserve to be compensated. You can file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance for damages, or may even file a lawsuit directly against the at-fault driver.
Note that in Massachusetts, the rule of comparative negligence is recognized. This means that while you can still recover compensation against an at-fault driver, the amount of your recoverable damages will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault. This means that if you did anything to contribute to the crash, you could be held partially responsible, too.
Call Our Massachusetts Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
There are few things more terrifying and serious than being hit by a car while riding your bike. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident in our state, please don’t hesitate to call our dedicated Massachusetts bicycle accident attorneys at the office of Tetzel Law, LLC. You can request your free consultation by sending us a message or calling our law office at (617) 742-1700 today.