There are two types of bike/car accidents that are more common than any others:
• The left-hand turn, where a vehicle turns left directly into the path of a cyclist going the opposite direction. In this situation, the motorist often never even sees the cyclist until it's too late.
• The right hook, where a vehicle passes a cyclist who's riding in the bike lane or right shoulder going the same direction, then immediately makes a right turn directly into the cyclist's path.
Other situations can pop up, such as vehicle doors opening into a cyclist's path, or rear-ending situations. Whatever the case and however severe, they should be treated in a specific manner.
After a biking accident, you will have many questions and may not know exactly what to do or where to turn for help. The most important thing you can do? Seek legal help immediately so that you get the answers you need and your rights are protected.
Why is immediate action important? The driver's insurance company will quickly send a team of investigators and attorneys into action, and they will look for any reason they can to deny your claim or limit the amount of compensation you receive.
Having a skilled attorney at your side who has actually handled this very specific type of accident case can make all the difference in the outcome of your claim. It can mean the difference between recovering the compensation you need to pay for your medical bills, bike repair and other damages or getting nothing when the driver's insurance company and their team of lawyers blame you for the accident.
At Sarles, Frey & Joseph, we have specific experience with bicycle accident cases in WNY call today at 716-427-6609.