If you are involved in a bike accident, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. You need to take certain steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others involved in the accident.
If you are injured in a bike crash, it’s important to know your rights and how to seek compensation for your injuries. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we have years of experience helping cyclists get the compensation they need and deserve. We understand the complex laws that apply to bicycle accidents, and we are here to help you get the justice you deserve.
Seek Medical Treatment
Even if you feel like you are not injured, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. There could be internal injuries that you are not aware of. Common injuries from bike accidents include:
- Head injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
Call the Police
You should always call the police after an accident, even if it is a minor one. The police will be able to file a report and document what happened. This can be helpful when filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
File a Police Report
A police report is a document filed by a police officer after an accident. It documents what happened during the accident, including information about the parties involved and witnesses.
Any evidence you collect will help your case if you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit. You can draw maps or diagrams of the accident, document everything that happened on paper, and if you have a cell phone with you, take pictures of:
- The accident scene
- Your injuries
- Any damage to your bike
Get a Copy of the Accident Report
The accident report will contain information that can be helpful when filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. It is important to get a copy of the report as soon as possible to have accurate information about what happened during the accident.
Get Driver and Witness Contact Information
If you can, get the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident. It is also important to get the other party’s contact information involved in the accident. This includes their:
- Phone number
- Insurance information – this includes their insurance company name and policy number
- Driver’s license number
- License plate number
Document Your Injuries
Keep a record of your injuries, including:
- The date and time the injury occurred
- How the injury occurred
- Medical records related to injuries from the accident
- Any missed work or lost wages due to the injury
File a Personal Injury Claim for Your Bicycle Crash
If you are a bicycle accident victim, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover damages. These damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The attorney or law firm you contact will help you determine if you have a valid claim and what your best course of action would be. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our team of lawyers have years of experience handling bicycle accident cases. We are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.
What We Can Do For You
The Washington, D.C. bicycle accident lawyers with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have a proven track record of success helping clients obtain the maximum compensation possible for injuries they have suffered due to the negligence of others. Our firm has consistently demonstrated we have the expertise needed to help our clients see that justice is served. We have the resources needed to conduct thorough investigations of all the circumstances contributing to a bicycle accident, gathering the evidence needed to establish liability and negligence.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has achieved more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements, and our attorneys have more than a century of combined legal experience. Two of our partners are certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Our firm has also earned the highest AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, one of the most respected attorney-ranking service organizations in the United States. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. attorneys work passionately on behalf of our clients to help them secure fair compensation – there is no type of case that is too complex for us to litigate.
Recovering Damages in a Bike Accident Lawsuit
Many factors go into determining the value of your bike accident claim. These include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys have experience evaluating cases just like yours to determine what they may be worth and will work hard to get you fair compensation for your injuries.
We Get You Results
For more than 50 years, the Washington DC lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have successfully represented individuals and families who have been injured or lost loved ones as the result of someone else’s negligence. Here is a small sample of some of our successful verdicts and settlements:
- $3.5 million for a man who suffered a brain injury when a District of Columbia police officer opened his door into traffic and “doored” him.
- $6 million on behalf of a man who suffered a brain injury as a result of a rear-end collision.
- $5 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a 14-year-old client who suffered a severe brain injury as a result of a doctor’s inappropriate use of a chemical product.
- $4.8 million on behalf of a severely injured man when his motorcycle struck a trailer being pulled by a minivan.
- $4.5 million for a woman who was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident after being struck from behind by a transit bus in a crosswalk.
See additional examples of our case victories and settlements on our “Case Results” page.
Contact a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you are looking for the highest level representation available for your bicycle accident claim, turn to Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Our firm has helped clients recover more than $500 million in compensation, and we have more than 100 years of combined experience. All of our partners are recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®, and our firm includes three past presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
We work to help our clients obtain fair settlement offers to compensate them for the injuries they’ve suffered, but our attorneys are extremely well-equipped to go to trial if needed. Call (202) 659-8600 or contact us online to get the proven legal representation you deserve.