CAA’s Bike Safety reports that approximately 7,500 cyclists sustain serious injuries each year. Cyclists have responsibilities similar to motor vehicle drivers. Negligence on behalf of the cyclist could mean an inability to obtain damages. When a bicycle accident occurs, it is important you don’t dismiss the incident. Record the events and witness contact information, and get treatment! Also, have your bicycle inspected by a bike retailer who can help support damage claims and provide evidence.
Your car insurance company is obliged to pay No-Fault Accident Benefits (even if you are at fault for the accident), which will compensate you for loss of income, necessary medical services and rehabilitation. If you do not have car insurance, the incident will be covered under the insurance policy of the motor vehicle driver. Time limits determine when you must apply for compensation from the other party. Be sure to inform your insurance company of your accident as soon as possible.
Accident victims as well as their family members can claim compensation for their losses from their own insurance company and from the person responsible for the accident. You are entitled to dispute your insurer’s refusal to pay your benefits. Each claim is different. Not everyone is entitled to claim compensation from the person who caused the collision. You can receive damages for the effect that your injuries have had on your life and your ability to support yourself and your family.
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