Bicycle Accident FAQ
After being involved in a bicycle accident, you are likely trying to just recover and counting your blessings for being alive and not killed by the truck, car, or SUV that struck you. After this, you are also likely wondering if you have a legal case against the driver and how much money, if any, you may be able to receive, along with a lot of other questions. While this list of questions-and-answers is not intended to be complete, these are the most common questions we see from people who are curious about their case.
Question: The driver who hit me has no insurance. What can I do?
Answer: Then the only choice you have is to either sue the driver and try to recover his or personal assets or make a claim through your own car insurance company.
Question: How much money can I get from the insurance company?
Answer: It really depends on how big the insurance policy is and how large your medical bills are and how much you feel like your pain and suffering is worth.
Question: I read that a bicyclist got a million dollars for his case online, but does this mean I will get this too?
Answer: Not necessarily. Settlements are very much like people in that they are unique and it is hard to make comparisons between cases.
Question: How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
Answer: You have three years from the date of your accident to file the documents in court.
Question: What should I do after a bicycle accident?
Answer: After you receive the appropriate medical care, you should call the police, notify your car insurance company, and call the Jackman Law Firm to discuss your options.
Question: Do I still have a case if the police did not come to the scene of the accident?
Answer: Yes, you do. Sometimes the police do not come, though it is always a good idea to make the call and ask them to come to the scene.
Question: What is PIP?
Answer: PIP stands for personal injury protection. This is a form of insurance that you buy through your car insurance. It will pay your bills up to a certain level.