If you were struck by a drunk, drowsy, or distracted driver while riding your bike, you’re probably wondering how to seek justice. Naturally, the circumstances surrounding the crash will determine whether criminal charges are warranted. You may, however, proceed with a civil suit in pursuit of damages regardless of any criminal activity (or lack thereof) on the part of the driver.
Holding the liable party financially accountable is its own kind of justice, and while no amount of money will erase what happened, securing a payout could at least help you regain your footing in the aftermath. To give your claim the best chance of yielding the funds you deserve, make sure to take the following steps:
1. Get Medical Care
If you don’t receive medical attention at the scene and you’re not transported to a hospital via ambulance after, you should undergo an exam as soon as possible. This is true even if you don’t feel like you were seriously hurt.
Sometimes, impact injuries don’t manifest symptoms for hours or even days. The surge of adrenaline that inevitably accompanies a traumatic event can also mask pain that would otherwise alert you to a problem.
By visiting a doctor right away, you’re ensuring the prompt treatment of any and all injuries. You’re also starting a paper trail that shows you were committed to mitigating damages from day one.
2. Preserve Potential Evidence
Were you able to take photos or videos before leaving the scene? What about eyewitnesses? Did you obtain any statements from passing motorists who saw what happened? If you have potential evidence that may help prove liability down the road, store it in a safe place until you can give it to your legal team.
3. Start Documenting the Associated Damages
You’re going to have to present proof of all the damages you end up including in your claim, so it’s important to start tracking them from day one. Save all their corresponding documentation, including bills, invoices, and receipts.
4. Keep a Journal
Naturally, your non-economic damages like pain and suffering or diminished quality of life won’t be accompanied by any documentation. You can prove their extent, however, using detailed journal entries. Start writing about your recovery and the hurdles you face as a result of your injuries as soon as possible after the accident.
5. Adjust Your Privacy Settings on Social Media
The insurance adjuster will probably monitor your online activity in an effort to find cause to challenge your credibility. For this reason, it’s wise to make your profiles private and to lay low on social media in general until your claim has been resolved.
Speak with a Houston Bicycle Accident Attorney
Even if you exercise extreme caution when riding alongside moving traffic, you could end up in a devastating crash. If you were struck by a reckless driver while riding your bike, you can count on Chelsie King Garza, P.C. for strategic legal counsel.
For more than 18 years, attorney Garza has been devoted to the needs of her clients and their families. To schedule a free case review with this Houston bicycle accident lawyer, submit her Contact Form or call 713-893-8808.