This November, cyclists are taking their peddles to the pavement in support of bicycle accident victims in Arizona. The annual El Tour du Tucson is one of the world’s largest cycling events, with more than 9,000 participants every year.
For 2014, KVOA reports, the tour will benefit two Arizonans who nearly lost their lives while training for the 2013 El Tour du Tucson last year. The couple — a firefighter and a registered nurse — were on their bikes when a distracted driver hit them from behind. As is often the case, they still struggle with significant medical costs a year later.
Sadly, car collisions involving a bicycle rider tend to result in serious injuries, sometimes including death. Those who are fortunate enough to survive may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
In light of the upcoming event, we’ve put together some helpful accident advice that all cyclists should keep in mind.
1. See a doctor. This is probably the single most important step for anyone involved in any kind of vehicle accident. Injuries may not produce symptoms for weeks, months, or even years. But a careful medical examination can help you detect hidden damage before it becomes a serious problem.
2. Document everything. Write down license plate numbers, times, locations, and a description of exactly how the accident happened. This includes the names and contact information of eyewitnesses, as well as anyone else involved. It’s also a good idea to obtain an estimate for repairs to your bike.
3. Consult a lawyer. Never talk to an insurance representative without first consulting a lawyer. Insurance adjustors have only their own best interest at heart, and their settlement offer likely represents less than you’re entitled to under the law.
An experienced Phoenix bike accident attorney at Kamper & Estrada, PLLC can help ensure that you’re treated fairly and with respect. We offer free consultations and contingency-fee arrangements, so our services won’t cost you a thing until there’s a successful outcome in your case.
Call us today.