Bicycle accidents are no joke. These dangerous crashes happen on a daily basis in South Dakota and beyond, resulting in a fatal injury around every six minutes.
Sometimes, the cause of a bicycle accident is outside of the control of the people involved. Other times, however, such a crash can be caused by a negligent driver who may be drunk or inattentive.
If you or a family member has been injured in a bicycle accident by a negligent driver, you may be eligible to recover damages. This financial compensation can cover:
- Medical bills
- Permanent losses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Establishing a claim
If you are interested in pursuing your legal options, there are numerous steps must take. The first and most important step is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. A trusted lawyer can guide you through the whole process and fight for your right to earn the compensation you deserve.
You also need to save any documentation from medical treatment or the accident itself. Don't miss any follow-up appointments, and follow all instructions given to you by your doctors. Lastly, never sign anything from the insurance companies. Their only interest is keeping their costs down, and they'll do that by downplaying y our claim or offering a "low ball" settlement. Be wary of their tricks, and always let your lawyer handle communications with them.
If you follow these instructions and hire a lawyer who has a long track record of winning these types of cases, you should be well on your way to recovering compensation for all of your costs after a traffic accident. For more information, or to schedule a free consultation about your case, speak to an experienced attorney at Northern Plains Justice, LLP today at 605-306-4100.