Cycling is a great way to commute and exercise, but it is not without risk. Each year, many Edmontonian cyclists are seriously injured in accidents with motorists, some of which cause both short and long-term consequences for cyclists and their families. If you or a loved one are planning on biking in the city, you need to know what to do in the event of a serious accident, as well as how to prepare for pursuing fair compensation afterward.
With over 200 years of combined injury law experience, James H. Brown and Associates is proud of our proven record of success representing accident victims in Edmonton and across Western Canada. Since 1993, our award-winning team of injury lawyers has been dedicated to standing up for our clients’ rights after injuries, including those caused by bicycle accidents. Read on for our top advice for handling bicycle accidents, as well as James H. Brown and Associates’ unrivaled experience advocating for accident victims.
At the Scene
- Wait for the Police to Arrive. Whenever an accident causes injury or property damage, both cyclists and drivers are legally obligated to remain at the scene. Even if your injuries don’t feel severe, remaining at the scene will make it easier for police to complete their report and document your accident.
- Don’t Negotiate with the Motorist. Even if they apologize or accept blame for the accident, don’t accept any offers made by the driver to pay for damages without fully evaluating your injuries and damages. Their offer may not fully cover the care you need, and they may even go back on their word after leaving the scene of the accident.
- Obtain Driver and Witness Information. Exchange information with the driver, ensuring you have their name, address, phone number, driver’s license and license plate numbers, car model and insurance information. Additionally, obtain contact information from any accident witnesses.
- Ensure the Police Take Your Report. While it doesn’t happen often, police are sometimes preoccupied with a motorist’s version of events, leaving out the cyclist’s account of an accident.Make sure your account of the accident is included in the report, as well as any injuries (no matter how minor) you suffered as a result. Be sure to get the police report number, in case you need to access it later on.
After the Accident
Once you’ve left the scene of the accident, your work isn’t done. In order to protect your rights and ensure you’re treated fairly in your accident’s aftermath, take the following steps:
- Seek Medical Attention, Even For Minor Injuries. Even if your injuries appear “minor,” it’s still wise to seek medical care as soon as possible. Your medical provider should thoroughly document your injuries in their records, which will be used to evaluate your claim. Ensure you receive all relevant tests, including x-rays, CT scans, and other diagnostic procedures your doctor deems necessary.
- Keep Track of Expenses, Damages, and Changes. Keep track of any changes you experience as a result of your accident. They can be anything from lost days of work and out-of-pocket expenses to even psychological trauma. Documenting your damages as you go will make getting a complete and fair settlement much easier.
- Seek Legal Advice (BEFORE Talking to the Driver’s Insurance). As soon as the driver’s insurance company finds out you were involved in an accident with their client, they’ll likely try to contact you to obtain a statement. Never give an insurance company a statement before seeking legal advice. Many insurance companies will look for information in your statement they can use to minimize their payout. Instead, contact an injury lawyer immediately to determine the best course of action.
Legal Advice & Support with James H. Brown and Associates
Alberta accident injury law is complicated. Even with a solid case, attaining justice and complete compensation for your injuries can be a long and challenging process. When lives and livelihoods hang in the balance, Edmontonians need experience and expertise on their side.
For nearly 30 years, James H. Brown and Associates has proudly stood up for accident victims’ rights, representing our clients in Edmonton and across Alberta. Our team understands firsthand what it’s like to be seriously injured, and is proud of our proven record of getting our clients results.
No two bicycle accidents are the same; that’s why we offer a full range of services and support for our clients, including:
- An award-winning team of injury lawyers with an unrivaled record of success.
- Investigation and evidence preservation services, including accident reconstruction and analysis.
- Strong relationships with organizations ready to assist with rehabilitation and recovery.
- And much more!
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