Were You Injured in a Bicycle Accident? Learn Your Rights.
On Connecticut’s densely populated roadways, cyclists face danger around every corner in the form of distracted or otherwise negligent drivers. To add insult to injury, cyclists face many of the same biases as motorcycle riders, who are often treated poorly by insurance companies and viewed skeptically by people.
At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney in Bridgeport, we understand the challenges that cyclists face; in fact, one of our lawyers is an avid cyclist whom you may have seen at your most recent cycling event. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, we welcome the opportunity to learn more about your situation and to achieve an outcome that meets your needs.
You Have the Same Rights as Other Motorists
Regardless of the misinformation you have been told, you have the same rights as people who drive cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles. “I didn’t see him” and “she came out of nowhere” are not acceptable answers as to why you have suffered a severe injury and face mounting medical bills that you are not sure how you will pay.
We have recovered money for bicyclists who have been hit by cars and have earned a reputation for holding reckless drivers accountable for their carelessness. We will not be satisfied until you have the compensation you deserve for medical bills, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, lost wages and other damages. We will leverage all available sources of recovery.
Auto Accident Frequently Asked Questions
What is a personal injury attorney?
A. A personal injury attorney represents victims and their families who have been injured due to someone’s negligence or reckless actions. A personal injury attorney can help you find justice after an accident by pursuing compensation to help pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering and damages depending on your case.
When should you contact a lawyer after a car accident?
A. You should call a lawyer before you speak to the insurance company. An attorney can protect your rights by collecting evidence, evaluating all options for recovery and negotiating with the insurance company to maximize the compensation in your case.
When should you hire an attorney after an accident?
A. Hiring an attorney is a big decision, especially after you have been injured. However, it is one that should be made as soon as possible so your right to file a claim is protected.
What are your rights after a car accident?
A. You have the right to pursue a legal claim against the driver responsible for the accident. To protect yourself, do not admit fault after an accident. You also do not need to make statements to the insurance company or sign any settlement agreements without consulting a lawyer first. Speaking to a lawyer can help you protect your right to file a lawsuit after an accident.
How do I know if I have the proper auto insurance?
Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney repeatedly reminds and educates our clients regarding the importance of having appropriate auto insurance coverage. Over and over again, we see clients who are left unprotected with inadequate insurance. Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney would like to share with you the seven do’s and don’ts for selecting the best auto insurance protection for your family.
1. DO understand your policy. Can you answer the following questions?
1. What is the amount of my bodily injury/liability (BI) coverage?
2. What is the amount of my uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage?
3. What can I do to obtain conversion coverage or double UM?
2. DO increase your UM/UIM coverage, if possible.
We always hear people tell us that they have purchased umbrella insurance coverage, yet they do not know their UM/UIM limits. While umbrella, excess and BI coverage protect you if you cause an accident, they afford no protection if an uninsured or underinsured motorist injures you. The only way to protect yourself is to increase your UM/UIM coverage and request double coverage. Example: If you have $300,000 BI and $300,000 UM, request double UM coverage and increase your UM limits to $600,000.
3. DO purchase underinsured motorist conversion (UIMC) coverage.
UIMC coverage guarantees that you and your family will be afforded the full extent of the coverage you purchased, no matter how much is recovered from the driver who caused the collision. Otherwise, the amount that you receive from the other driver will be deducted from your coverage. Example: At-fault driver pays out to injured person his $20,000 limited policy. Injured person has limited $50,000 without conversion. Injured person can only make claim for remaining $30,000 in coverage (50,000-20,000 = 30,000). With conversion coverage, injured person can make a claim for $50,000. If the injured person had double UM, he will have $100,000 of coverage in addition to the $20,000 received.
4. DON’T be cheap – be smart.
A few dollars saved can result in inadequate coverage, which basically is no coverage at all. Although the law only requires limits of $20,000 worth of coverage per person and $40,000 worth of coverage per accident, such limits are woefully insufficient to cover the costs resulting from serious injury. Remember to purchase the maximum amount of insurance that you can afford as it is money well spent.
5. DON’T “write down” your UM/UIM motorist coverage.
Always reject any offer to reduce your UM/UIM coverage to below the amount of your BI coverage.
6. DON’T be left without medical coverage.
The law no longer requires you to purchase no fault or medical benefit coverage. However, if you do not have health insurance coverage, you should still purchase this optional coverage in order to protect yourself. If you do have health insurance, the premium for this coverage may be better spent increasing your UM/UIM limits.
7. DON’T think “It won’t happen to me.”
Unfortunately, Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney has seen many situations where clients have been injured by uninsured or underinsured drivers and these clients have had inadequate UM/UIM coverage. Hopefully, you will never need it, but be smart and protect yourself.