Handling bicycle accidents in New York State is very similar to Car and Motorcycle Accidents. Even if a bicyclist is partially at fault, he or she may recover damages under New York’s comparative negligence.
First and foremost, be sure to always wear and properly adjust a helmet before riding a bicycle. If you were hurt by another vehicle be sure to contact a personal injury as soon as possible to being your case. Here is what you should expect in such an injury case:
Obviously the very first thing to do is seek the appropriate medical attention. After you recover or begin to feel better, call a personal injury to file a claim against the other vehicle. In New York State, we have a 2 year Statute of Limitations for such accidents so it is imperative.
Your Attorney will then begin the process to file suit against the other driver. From here on, the lawyer will solely deal with the insurance adjuster and no-fault adjuster to properly seek payment for your medical bills and seek further compensation. It is important to assist your lawyer in providing as much information as possible. You and lawyer will collect all medical records, accident reports, witness statements, and possibly expert medical opinions to assist your injury case.
The next step is to remain patient. After all proper documents have been received and the long-term medical diagnosis is substantially clear, your lawyer will send a demand letter to the other parties insurance adjuster to seek fair compensation. If they are not able to agree upon on amount, the lawyer will have to file a lawsuit against the other driver.
This is why a fast settlement is never a good idea. Insurance companies routinely try to settle quickly with what we call “low-ball” offers. If you are injured in a car, motorcycle, or bicycle accident be sure to contact a skilled personal injury attorney to receive your maximum compensation.
Call Attorney Chris Brown at (607) 988-3131 today to start discussing your case with a free consultation.