Protect Yourself on the Road and After an Accident
Riding a bike is a rewarding experience. Feeling the wind whip through your hair – under your helmet, of course – and getting physical exercise is an experience everyone can enjoy. But it can be dangerous. Many motorists are unaware of some of the laws that protect cyclists from injury. Even more are distracted while on the roadways. They text and talk on their phone or do not pay attention. The Estes Law Firm is a bicycle accident attorney firm in Richmond, TX. We represent clients who have been injured by a vehicle during an accident. We can help you get the compensation you need for medical care and emotional trauma.
What to Do if You Are in an Accident
When you are involved in a bike accident, there are some potential landmines to avoid. Do the right thing, do not say anything that might harm your case, and take care of yourself. At The Estes Law Firm, we encourage potential clients to follow the following steps if a car struck them while on the road:
See a Doctor
First things first, take care of yourself. Accept the ambulance ride to the emergency room so that you can receive medical care and documentation of your injuries.
Save the Evidence
Do not repair your bicycle or throw away your helmet. Keep all gear you were wearing and take photos of the damage. Hold onto eyewitness statements.
File a Police Report
Filing a police report is an essential step because it is an official record of the crash.
Do Not Speak With the Others’ Insurance Company
The motorist’s insurance company can use what you say to them against you, so it is best not to speak to them.
Most importantly, call us to schedule a consultation. We will use the above evidence to begin building a case for full recovery and compensation.
File a Lawsuit Within Two Years
Texas has a strict statute of limitations on personal injury cases – two years. So, it is essential to act quickly if a bicycle accident injured you. Once these two years elapse, you will no longer be able to file a lawsuit against the other party. Even if you suffered only minor injuries, those injuries can linger and cause lifelong chronic pain. That is why it is crucial to contact The Estes Law Firm for representation if you suffered any damage during the accident. You never know how severe it may be.