If you were involved in a Providence car bicycle accident, is it possible to sue the driver and get compensation for your injuries? Yes, you can but that doesn’t mean that you should rush to the courthouse steps. You need to consider a few factors.
Consider Filing a Claim with the Driver’s Insurance Company First
You can settle outside the courtroom and get compensation for your injuries without the need to go to trial. This is what is known as a third party claim and in most cases, you will be able to get compensation for your pain and suffering, cost of repair to your bicycle, lost wages and medical treatment.
Find out the statute of limitations for filing for a personal injury case in Rhode Island.
Most personal injury cases are resolved this way and personal injury victims only go to court when they fail to come to an agreement with the insurance company.
In order to ensure that you get the most out of your third party claim, make sure you follow these four steps:
- Seek medical treatment following your bike accident even if your injuries appear to be minor.
- Gather as much information about the crime scene, the driver you got into an accident with, a police report and a detailed report of your injuries and medical bills from your doctor.
- Call a qualified and experienced Providence bicycle accident lawyer especially if you are seriously injured. Your lawyer will ensure your rights are protected and…
- They can help you put together a comprehensive and professional demand letter that they will send to the driver’s car insurance company.
The Driver Might Not Be At Fault
As hard as this may be for you to hear, sometimes it’s not easy to tell who is at fault in a car-bicycle accident. It’s always easy to blame the driver for causing the accident but there are situations where the cyclist is at fault.
With that said, it’s important to always follow the rules of the road. We wrote a post highlighting a car’s blind spots. This should help you avoid being hit by cars especially large trucks.
What if it was a Hit and Run?
It’s not uncommon for motorists to hit cyclists and flee from the scene of the accident. If you were involved in a hit and run accident, your legal options will be seriously limited. You will need to pay your own medical bills and repair your own bike and hopefully, the law will catch up with the hit and run motorist.
The good news is that if they do manage to catch the driver, you will be able to recover punitive damages.
Here’s what you should do after a hit and run accident.
We Know How to Handle Providence Car Bicycle Accident Claims Quickly
If you’ve been hit by a car while cycling in Providence, an expert bicycle accident lawyer from our offices can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Navigating Rhode Island court systems can be tedious and difficult. This is the last thing anyone would want to put themselves through especially after an accident. We understand that all you want to do is recover from your injuries without worrying about how you will get compensation.
This is why we are here to help. Our team of lawyers at Kevin P Landry law firm know how to handle claims similar to yours efficiently and effectively.
Call us at 401-751-0101 or visit any one of our Providence offices to schedule your free initial consultation.