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Steps to Take after a Crystal Lake Bicycle Accident

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Crystal Lake bicycle accident, Crystal Lake Car Accident LawyerThousands of people use bicycles on a daily basis, both as a mode of transportation and a way to keep fit. As is the case with any type of transportation, bicycling exposes riders to the risk of involvement in an accident with another vehicle and sustaining serious personal injury. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that there were approximately 48,000 people injured in bicycle accidents in the United States during 2013.

In many cases, bicycle accident victims may be able to recover significant compensation for their injuries and should therefore contact an experienced Illinois bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. However, immediately following a bicycle crash, there are certain steps that victims can take to help maximize their chances of recovering compensation.

Seek Medical Attention

The first step that bicycle accident victims should take after a wreck is to seek medical attention. Bicyclists have little impact protection, which means that they can often be seriously injured in accidents. Importantly, victims should seek medical attention even if they do not believe they are seriously hurt, as the severity of many injuries may not be apparent until several hours or days following an accident.

Collect Information about the Accident

Individuals who are involved in bicycle accidents should try to collect as much information about the accident as possible. Examples of facts to document include the following:

  • The names of the drivers involved in the accident;
  • The weather conditions at the time of the accident;
  • Contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident;
  • Vehicle license plate numbers; and
  • Any markings on the vehicles involved that may indicate that they were commercial vehicles.

Because memories can fade, it is a good idea to take notes regarding the information you collect. Furthermore, it is advisable to take photographs of the scene of the accident as well.

Document the Ways in Which Your Injuries Have Affected You

People who are hurt in bicycle accidents should take detailed notes about the way in which the injuries they have sustained affect their daily lives, as these issues can have a significant impact on the amount of compensation that can be recovered. Suggested information to document include any pain or discomfort you experience, difficulty engaging in certain activities, sleep disturbances, depression, or any other way in which an injury affects your daily life.

Contact a Crystal Lake Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation

People who are hurt in bicycle accidents that are caused by careless drivers are often able to recover significant compensation for their losses, and a skilled Crystal Lake car accident attorney can help to ensure that victims receive the full and fair value of their legal claim. Importantly, Illinois' statute of limitations limits the amount of time in which accident victims can file a claim, so any delay in retaining an attorney can jeopardize your right to recover compensation. Prospective clients can schedule a free consultation with a lawyer by calling our office today at 800-338-3833.

Source:

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812151.pdf

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