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Often, drivers do not expect to encounter bicycles on the road, and this can result in devastating collisions. Bicycle accidents tend to be severe because the bicyclist is so exposed, and often these types of auto accidents involve vehicles travelling at a high rate of speed. However, even a slow moving accident can cause catastrophic injuries resulting in lifelong problems for the cyclist. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Getting in an accident while on your bike can be nerve wracking. You may not feel physical pain from any injuries you suffered until after the initial shock of the incident tapers off. There are many other reasons why pain may be delayed. Minor injuries can take days, weeks, or even months to manifest as long-term problems requiring expensive treatment. Always seek medical attention after an accident to ensure your injuries properly treated and documented.
Even if you think you are not injured, you should call the police and file a report. If you leave the scene without identifying the other driver, you may never be able to receive compensation for your injuries.
Police may ticket the driver at the scene, which can be helpful if you decide to pursue a legal claim. Be sure to get the name and contact information of the driver, as well as any witnesses to the accident. Do not admit fault to the driver or make any statements to an insurance adjuster before consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Take photos of the accident scene and surrounding area if you are able. Take notes about the road conditions, time of day, and anything else you can remember about your accident. Photograph your injuries on a regular basis to track their progression.
Contact an experienced Delaware bicycle accident lawyer immediately, so they can begin building your case.
Always remember to wear your helmet when bicycling. In Delaware, only riders under the age of 19 are legally required to wear a helmet, but all riders should wear one for safety and protection.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, speak to an experienced Wilmington bicycle accident lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow today. Call us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We represent accident victims throughout upstate and downstate Delaware, including those in Wilmington, Hockessin, Newark, Glasgow, Bear, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, Lewes, Georgetown, and Seaford, as well communities in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.