Getting a Fair Claim After a Bicycle Accident in Nebraska
Riding a bicycle is a great way to get around. It’s very economical, especially when gas prices are high. It’s a lot easier to find parking for your bike than it is when you’re driving a car. And it’s an outstanding way to stay in shape that really gives your cardiovascular system a boost.
Perhaps the nicest thing about riding a bicycle is that it keeps you in touch with your surroundings, allowing you to breath fresh air and appreciate the natural beauty that Nebraska has to offer.
Although accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles are usually the driver’s fault, it can be very difficult for a bicycle rider to get a fair deal from the driver’s insurance company. But an experienced bicycle accident attorney can help you file a claim that will cover the true cost of your injuries.
What to Do After a Bicycle Accident
If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident, you’ll want to seek medical assistance right away. Even if you feel ok, you may have a concussion or internal injuries that can get much worse over time.
Keep records of your medical bills and be sure to follow your doctor’s advice during your recovery. This includes going to all your follow-up appointments.
When you get a chance, use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene and you can also record your injuries and the damage done to your bicycle. This information will be very helpful to your attorney when they file an accident claim or if they have to take the driver’s insurance company to court.
Who’s Liable for Your Injuries?
Nebraska is a comparative negligence state. That means if another person is more than fifty percent responsible for your injuries, then you will be able to recover damages from them. For example, if it’s determined that a driver who cut you off is 80 percent liable for your accident, they will be required to pay 80 percent of your medical bill and other expenses caused by the accident.
Injuries that result from a bicycle accident can be severe. The victim may require extensive treatment to recover. Some types of injuries such as paralysis caused by spinal cord damage or a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may necessitate a lifetime of medical treatment and assisted living care.
The true cost of your injuries after a bicycle accident may include:
- Emergency room treatment
- Doctor’s office visits
- Time missed from work
- Loss of earning potential
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
The Right Lawyer Can Help—A Lot
Insurance companies realize that bicycle accidents are likely to cause catastrophic injuries. That’s why they do everything they can to pay out as little in claims as possible. If you were injured by a negligent driver, the insurance agent will probably offer you a claim that doesn’t come close to paying your current and future expenses.
Insurance companies may try to make it sound like you the accident was your fault. Their agents might even try to trick you into making statements that will hurt your claim. That’s why you don’t want to talk to an insurance agent or sign anything until you have spoken with your bicycle accident attorney.
Your attorney will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of your accident. This will allow them to prove whose careless behavior really caused your injuries. Then your attorney will file a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company to help you get the money you need to recover from your accident and put your life back together.
At Bottlinger Law, L.L.C., our team will collect the following types of evidence to support your clam:
- Police reports
- Witness interviews
- Accident scene photos
- Surveillance camera footage
- Accident scene recreations
- Testimony from medical experts
Were You Injured in a Bicycle Accident?
Jason Bottlinger used to work for the insurance companies and he knows all their tricks. Today he fights to help people in Nebraska, Iowa, and Texas. When you have Bottlinger Law, L.L.C. on your side, our team will spring into action and file a claim to help you get the money you need.
If a careless driver hurt you, then they shouldn’t have to pay for your own medical expenses. Call (402) 505-8234 to meet with our team and learn more today. At Bottlinger Law, L.L.C., you won’t pay anything unless we win your case.
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