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Biking in Bennington

Biking is a leisurely activity that many individuals and families enjoy. Bennington offers a range of bicycle tracks, including the popular trail around Standing Bear Lake. Bennington is also home to a no-cost bike park, and, for the more adventurous riders, the Tranquility Park Mountain Bike Trail includes berms, jumps, hops, and logs.

With many cycling opportunities available, Bennington sees its fair share of cycle accidents and Bottlinger Law L.L.C. has dealt with many personal injury cases due to these incidents. Call us today at (402) 505-8234 if you have been involved in a bike accident and want an experienced team to advocate for you.

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Who Is Responsible for Accidents?

There is a range of people that may be liable for bicycle accidents. The most common are drivers of cars, trucks, and buses. Drivers will often not look properly when turning or merging lanes, causing a cyclist to be knocked from their bike. It is also common for drivers to try and overtake a cyclist and end up swerving into the rider. However, it is not only drivers that may be responsible; passengers in a car will often open doors without checking if a cyclist is around. Bicycle accidents can also happen between cyclists or with a pedestrian.

Whenever an accident occurs, the negligent party is responsible. Common examples of negligent persons include:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Intoxicated drivers
  • Drivers exceeding the speed limit
  • Drivers not driving to the conditions
  • Drivers not following traffic laws and rules

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Types of Serious Injuries

Without the common protections of seat belts, airbags, or car doors, cyclists are extremely vulnerable on the road. Accidents can lead to serious injury, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Fractured bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Joint damage

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What Should You Do After an Accident?

The first thing you should do is seek medical advice. Even if you cannot see any physical harm to your body, you may be suffering from internal injuries. If you can, it is a good idea to take pictures of the accident and your injuries as this can help a lawyer to investigate what caused the accident and who is liable.

You should always follow any medical advice given to you by a medical professional as this decreases the likelihood that you will be jointly liable for your injuries. Finally, you should call a lawyer. Although this may be near the bottom of your list after an accident, it is an important step you should take as they can expertly advise you in any legal claim.

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Your Case Will Be Assessed

A law firm will assess your case based on a party’s liability and the seriousness of your injuries. The first step that a firm will take is to investigate the accident. This involves gathering evidence, such as photographs, witness statements, and medical reports.

Once a firm has investigated the accidents and established the cause, a firm will compile a claim. To do this, a law firm will need an extensive record of your medical bills and any other losses you have suffered. This is an extensive process but is necessary to get the maximum compensation available.

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How Can a Lawyer Help You?

A lawyer takes the stress out of building a claim. Once the claim has been built by the firm, a lawyer will negotiate with the liable party – in most cases this will be an insurance company. Cases tend to be settled during this stage, but if circumstances find that the offer was unfair, then a client will have the option to pursue a lawsuit. A lawsuit tends to involve appearing in court and can be a long process.

Having a lawyer investigate, build and file a claim, negotiate, and, in some situations, represent you in a lawsuit makes the process as easy as possible. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., our trusted team will take care of you and strive to get the best possible result. Give us a call today at (402) 505-8234.

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