If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Connecticut, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim with the assistance of an experienced attorney. Continue reading to learn more about this process and the steps to take after your injury.
What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Connecticut?
Bicycle accidents are most commonly caused by another motorist’s negligence or road and weather conditions. However, the most serious accidents occur when a cyclist is hit by an oncoming motor vehicle. Some examples of motorist negligence are as follows:
- Ignoring traffic signs and lights
- Navigating directions while driving
- Texting while driving
- Disciplining raucous children while driving
- Failing to yield
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving while fatigued
- Failing to comply with other rules and regulations of the road
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Not checking blind spots
What should I do following a bicycle accident?
Following being injured in a bicycle accident, it is important that you take the following steps to protect yourself and to set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim, should you chose to take legal action in the future:
- Call the police. They will conduct a report to document the accident and bring medical assistance to the scene.
- While you wait for the ambulance, take photos of the scene of the accident and your injuries.
- Collect any witnesses’ contact information.
- Once the ambulance arrives, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment. These documents should include the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
- Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof or recover the compensation you require to heal and move forward with your life.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Connecticut?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years in Connecticut. This means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action. This is important to understand because if you fail to file your claim within this period of time, you may risk being permanently barred from suing. To begin this process and bring attention to your claim as soon as possible, reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney today. We would be happy to walk you through the claims filing process ahead.
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Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. If you need an attorney who is ready to fight for the financial compensation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a free initial consultation. Our firm deals with matters relating to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.