Crosswalks and sidewalks are intended to be safe places for pedestrians, including walkers and joggers. Roads are meant to be shared with bike riders, who have every bit as much right to use them as motor vehicles. Unfortunately, negligent drivers frequently fail to observe the rights of bicyclists and pedestrians, leading to serious accidents.
We are committed to holding negligent drivers accountable for bicycle and pedestrian accidents. If you or a loved one has been hit by a car while walking, jogging or riding a bike, we can help. Compensation in bike and pedestrian accident cases is supposed to come from the negligent driver’s insurance company, and that compensation is supposed to be fair. However, the insurance company will make an offer in an attempt to resolve your case early before you appreciate its value. It will be tempting to accept that offer, considering the financial stresses that arise after a serious accident. However, these early settlements often leave people without the ability to cover future costs and are typically far less than you deserve. Talk to our office about your case as soon as you can. There is no financial obligation. You pay no fee for our services unless we recover money for you.
Of course, it is important to get the contact and insurance information of the driver who caused the accident. If there were witnesses, their contact information should be gathered as well. However, if someone requests that you make a recorded statement, you should say no. Refrain from discussing fault or admitting a lack of injury at the scene because the shock of your involvement in the incident may affect your ability to perceive injuries at the scene. This is information that can be used against you, preventing you from getting the compensation you deserve.