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Car hit Bicycle Accidents
Mark cares… Let his experience guide you.
I get many calls from injured bike riders telling me: “I got hit by a car on my bike…” – in Portland, car and bicycle collision accidents happen more often than they should.
As an experienced Portland Bicycle Accident Attorney, I always respond to them by asking them for more information and the pertinent details about the accident, such as the car that hit the bike, the injuries they sustained, and the scene or location of the accident.
Among the things that knowledgeable bike injury lawyers will want to know, you can expect that you will be asked some of the following questions:
– Did the car swerve into the bike path?
– Did a truck pull alongside you and create a situation which forced you off the road as you were getting squeezed between that huge rotating truck tire and the sidewalk?
– Was the potentially negligent car driver who crashed into your bike driving while texting? (Which I have heard coined as driving “intexticated”).
Exact bicycle accident information is good, but you might have been knocked out or had a concussion which left the chain of events involving the bike accident a little bit fuzzy.
If the last thing you remember was pedaling a block before the actual scene or location of the car bicycle accident, or maybe that you were with other biker friends fixing a flat bicycle tire on the side of the road, do not worry. There are probably many other ways to prove to your case in a potential bicycle accident claim, even if you cannot supply the exact facts and information all on your own.
In another section of this content I have explained several different varieties of specialty bicycle accident experts that may assist in reconstruction of a bicycle accident, so feel free to browse though that page for more information on these types of bicycle accidents.
The best way to go forward, however, is to actually call a Portland Bicycle Injury Lawyer, so that you can get the information you need first-hand.
Car Bicycle Accident Injury Lawsuits
Portland Bicycle Injury Lawsuits begin with this simple explanation and then get more complicated, and this is because the car or truck driver’s insurance company does not feel your pain.
When a bicyclist is struck by a negligent car driver and sustains injuries, he is generally speaking, with exceptions of course, entitled to recover damages against the responsible driver. Pursuant to the insurance coverage afforded by the driver’s auto insurance policy, a bicyclist hit by a car may be entitled to recover certain of those expenses related to his or her medical care, lost wages, disability and pain and suffering.
However, insurance companies and their claims adjusters know this as well, so they are in the business of acting real friendly (at first) and asking you to give them a statement about how your bike accident happened. Their hope is that you’ll give an accident statement to them before you consult with a Portland Personal Injury Attorney; because, frankly, you are not likely to be fully aware of what you’re saying to them at that moment.
No one has explained to you how your simple explanations about the car hitting you on your bike, getting run over, may be used in the future. How the adjuster knows what to ask but also what not to ask, so they essentially can make it look like it was you who did not tell them something. And then later, you may hear them argue that “you never said that”, and you will be the one who has to make the argument that “Yeah, because you never asked me!”
It may also happen that you say to the insurance adjuster, with your wrist fracture in a full-fledged cast, that you are doing “better”. Well, “better” is a word we use at the dinner table, between friends or family.
But “better” can also mean not as bad as when you were, when you were lying in the road next to your destroyed bike, looking at your wrist bent at an odd angle and feeling a world of hurt. “Better” can mean that the worst is over, like “Hey, things are better now”.
The point is that you have to be real careful about what you say to the insurance company and their representatives after your bike accident, particularly if you decide to go about handling your personal injury case on your own. Even at the early stages, dealing with the car driver’s insurance company and giving them a statement may very well create issues – issues that you, as an unsuspecting bicycle accident injury victim, did not anticipate or prepare for.
I hope this explanation is “better”. However, better would really be to speak with an experience Portland Bicycle Accident Attorney about your case in a Free Legal Consultation. Call me now at (888) 446-1999, or go ahead and fill our case evaluation form for a quick callback.
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