With the arrival of May and warm and sunny weather (well, miserable rainy weather) its bicycle season. In addition to kids riding their bikes around town, New Hampshire is home to many bicycle enthusiasts and with record high gas prices, bicycle commuters. Although, some towns have actual bicycle travel lanes in some roads, most do not. As bicycle riders are required to ride in the roadway, and not sidewalks, accidents with car and trucks unfortunately happen.
If you or a loved one is involved in a bicycle accident, you may be wondering if you need an attorney. Collisions on a bicycle can be very serious, resulting in severe injuries. If your bicycle accident involved a motor vehicle, your injuries could be life-altering or permanent. Determining the need for a personal injury attorney following a bicycle accident depends on the specific circumstances of the accident. If you have been injured and your bike has been damaged, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, property damage and pain and suffering.
Some questions that you might consider include:
• Was there negligence or inattention on behalf of another person?
• Was I following the rules of the road?
• Did I take chances that I should not have?
• Was the road or sidewalk in poor condition?
• Did the weather contribute to the accident?
• Does the driver of the car/truck have enough insurance coverage?
• What do I do to protect my rights and get the compensation I deserve?
Assigning blame can be difficult, but if the driver of the car or truck is at fault, you have legal rights and will be entitled to full and fair compensation for your injuries.
The personal injury team at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey have experience in all types of accident cases, including bicycle accidents, and can help you in the event that you need to file a New Hampshire personal injury claim, and they can inform you of all your other legal options. You can contact us by calling our toll free number 800-240-1988 or filling out the information form on our contact form.