People ride their bicycles all over Washington D.C. They’re good exercise, you generally avoid traffic, and they are a great way to productively enjoy the fresh air. Unfortunately, on busy city streets, people very often do not show cyclists the respect they deserve. When a cyclist is in an accident, the injuries sustained are very often severe, as they generally have little to no protection, save elbow pads and a helmet. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, here are some of the questions you may have regarding financial compensation:
What are some of the most common contributors to bicycle accidents?
Bicycle accidents happen for a wide variety of reasons. For example, black ice, or, with the fall season coming up, wet leaves. All it takes is for a cyclist to hit a patch of black ice to go skidding off the road. Another common cause of bicycle accidents is poor road conditions or design. Potholes and lines not clearly painted, for example, are a potential safety hazard to cyclists everywhere. Unfortunately, even faulty bicycle parts can cause an accident. However, the most common cause of bicycle accidents is driver negligence.
What injuries generally qualify for compensation?
As mentioned earlier, bicycle injuries tend to be gruesome. Most commonly, cyclists sustain head trauma and fractured bones. If you have been injured due to another motorist’s negligence, there is a very good chance you are entitled to financial compensation. Some other injuries that may qualify for financial compensation are as follows:
- Eye trauma
- Neck injuries
- Facial contusions
- Road rash
- Dislocated joints
- Soft tissue injuries
- Dental fractures
- Muscular strains
How can I prove I was injured due to another party’s negligence?
To recover the financial compensation you deserve, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. One of the most important things you can do is hire an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury claim process. Additionally, you should try and recover security camera footage of the accident. Washington D.C. has cameras virtually everywhere, so there is a very good chance one of them captured your accident on film. This is usually the best way to prove your claim. However, medical documentation is another crucial element of proving your personal injury claim. Rather obviously, a medical professional will treat your injuries accordingly, but you may also use the medical documents you receive to help prove the extent of your injuries.
Contact our Washington D.C. firm
The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.