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What to Do After a Bike Accident in Milwaukee
A bicycle is a great way to travel around town in an eco-friendly, affordable, and healthy way. Sadly, those benefits don’t protect you from danger. Perhaps you were hit by a careless driver who wasn’t paying attention to the road.
If you don’t have experience with an accident like this, how are you supposed to know what to do? At the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg, we’re proud to represent Milwaukee accident victims and help them navigate the often-complicated injury claim process. Continue reading to learn more about that process below.
Get Medical Care
Seek medical attention immediately, even if you feel fine. Some injuries don’t immediately produce symptoms but could be dangerous and even life-threatening if not treated.
It can also help your claim to seek help as soon as possible. The responsible party may try to claim your injuries were connected to a different incident, as you didn’t seek help right away. Below are just a few common bike crash injuries, for example, not all of which will cause immediate symptoms:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Friction burns
Pinpoint the Responsible Party
Once you’ve received medical attention, you need to find the person responsible for the suffering you’ve been put through. They may be financially liable for your injuries, which will be important when filing a claim and getting compensation.
If you were involved in a car accident, you may need to take action against the driver. They may have been driving or parked in the bike lane, for example, or they may not have been looking out for bikes on the road when opening their door.
In other cases, though, your accident might have been caused by road defects such as potholes. These defects affect bicyclists more than cars because they’re more exposed to the road. If you were hurt by a road defect, you might have a chance to sue the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for your injuries.
File a Milwaukee Bike Accident Lawsuit
Once you know who caused your injuries, filing a claim will be your next step. With a Milwaukee bicycle wreck lawyer on your side, you have a chance to settle a claim with the responsible party, or take that claim to court.
Although settling with the responsible party’s insurance company may sound easier, it can actually hurt your compensation amount. They don’t want to offer you the full amount you’re owed, so speak to your lawyer about what your claim is worth and how fighting back in court can help you get those funds.
Contact a Milwaukee Bicycle Crash Lawyer
If you’re recovering from a serious bicycle accident, even the first steps of a claim process can feel insurmountable. You’re struggling with your health and you don’t likely have the legal experience to know how to handle a bike accident in Milwaukee.
Luckily, your lawyer from the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg can help you seek compensation for an accident you didn’t cause. We also offer free consultations so you know what to expect from your claim before working with us.
When you’re ready, take advantage of our free consults by calling 414-271-7007. You can also fill out the online form below to contact us.