When you are injured in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of others, you may have a personal injury claim against those parties. For example, if a bicycle accident involves a collision with a motor vehicle, the injured cyclist may have a claim for damages against the driver for his or her negligent actions. In a personal injury case, it is essential to collect and preserve all evidence that supports your allegations of negligence on the part of the drivers involved.
One important piece of evidence is the police report, which contains essential information about all parties involved, the site of the accident, the date, time, and weather conditions at the time of the accident, and statements by any witnesses. With that said, however, the police officer writing the report did not witness your accident, so not everything noted in the report may be completely accurate. Equally important is your own recollection of the accident. Taking the time to write down as much as you can remember about the events immediately prior to, during, and following the accident can be supportive of your claim.
Your bicycle also may be an important source of evidence. For instance, damages to your bike may reveal the point of impact and the angle of that impact by a vehicle that struck it. Therefore, it is important to preserve your bicycle following an accident, even if it is completely wrecked and beyond repair.
In some cases, particularly when there are conflicting witness statements, it may be helpful to revisit the scene of the accident. Taking measurements and pictures can better illustrate and help reconstruct the events that occurred prior to and during the accident. This information can be helpful in cases in which liability is disputed. When you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you need an attorney who can stand up for your interests from the outset of your personal injury claim. It is our goal to evaluate the facts, assess your claim, explore your options, and help you build the strongest claim for compensation possible against those who are responsible for the accident that led to your injuries. Do not hesitate to contact Bonnici Law Group at 619-259-5199 today and set up an appointment to speak with us soon.