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How to Receive Compensation After a Bicycle Accident

By Hiren Dave Subscribe to RSS | January 31st 2012 | Views:
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It is easy to say that bicycle accidents do not occur all that often, and as such, many believe that personal injury compensation should not be provided to those that fall victim to such an accident. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Department of Transportation suggests that many biking accidents occur every day, with 80% of biking accidents occurring in broad daylight, and 25% of those accidents involving fatalities or injuries to children. Additionally, major head trauma can arise from a bike accident due to lack of protection, and it is estimated that as much as 75% of biking accidents involve major head injury. These are alarming statistics that show that accidents that occur from biking are more serious than many people believe. It is important to understand that there is compensation for those involved in a bicycle accident, and there is a process to undergo to ensure that those that suffer loss or injury as a result of an accident can receive compensation successfully.

The first thing to do if you or someone you love is involved in a bike accident is to gather as much information and evidence at the scene as you can. Taking pictures with your phone or on hand camera will serve as valuable evidence in your favor in the future. As well, any information you can get from all parties involved in the accident should be collected in a way that is not unlike the information gathered during a car accident. You should obtain the full name, address, and phone number of another party involved in the accident, and their full insurance information.

You may find that other parties are willing or interested to offer a cash settlement on the scene of a bicycle accident, and whether you choose to take that settlement is up to you. While you are in your legal rights to collect a cash settlement on scene, you must be aware though that if you accept a cash settlement at the time of the incident that you will likely not be able to collect more compensation from that person in the future. Thus, for those in the Atlanta area, it is always best to consult with an Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer experienced in bicycle accident compensation claims to help you get the appropriate amount of compensation you or a loved one is entitled to after a bicycle accident.

Hiren Dave - About Author:
An Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer can help determine if you have a wrongful death case, and help you get the compensation you deserve.

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