Here’s some good news for bicyclists: Between 2013 and 2014, there was nearly a 20 percent reduction in the number of bicycle-crash fatalities in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the number of bicycle injuries increased to 50,000 in 2014 – a jump of 4 percent compared to 2013.
Many of these victims faced exorbitant health-care bills and an uphill climb to recovery. Medical expenses and lost income can add up quickly, and in an effort to maintain financial security, injury claimants often accept low settlements that do not cover all of their damages.
Do not make this mistake. If you were hurt or lost a family member in a bicycle wreck in Nevada, turn to Ed Bernstein & Associates.
An accident lawyer in Las Vegas will help you file claim for maximum compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Our office is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 702-240-0000.
Protect Your Interests by Taking These 4 Steps after a Bicycle Crash
A bicycle accident is a stressful experience, but it is critical that you remain calm and take steps to protect your rights. One misguided statement or action could prevent you from recovering fair compensation – or any compensation at all.
Here are four steps you should take immediately after the collision:
- Contact the Police
If you or another person was injured in the crash, call the police and request medical assistance. Even if nobody was injured, you should still contact the police so an officer can complete an accident report.
The Police report will contain important details about the wreck such as the time, date and location, and whether there were injuries or property damage. The accident report will also explain the cause of the crash. Your personal injury attorney may use this report to help prove negligence and liability.
- Obtain Witness Information
Eyewitnesses often see details about a crash that the people involved miss. Your accident lawyer may use their testimonies to support your claim. Be sure to record their names, phone numbers and email addresses.
- Visit a Doctor
If you put off the doctor’s visit, it may be difficult to tie your injuries to the collision. If you are injured, you should visit a doctor immediately after any bicycle accident. Even if your injuries seem minor, the symptoms could worsen over time.
- Consult an Accident Lawyer
A personal injury attorney will assess doctors’ records and the police report, interview witnesses, gather evidence, and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Your lawyer may also help you avoid mistakes, such as making recorded statements to insurance adjusters, or overlooking certain damages.
At Ed Bernstein & Associates, you will find a Las Vegas accident lawyer with the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 702-240-0000 today to schedule a free consultation.