What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in a Bicycle Accident in Hawaii
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Hawaii, especially in areas like Honolulu, where motor vehicles and bicyclists often share the road, it’s crucial to take specific steps to protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries. Here’s what you should do:
Seek Medical Attention
Your health and safety should be your top priority. Even if your injuries seem minor, seeking medical attention immediately is essential. Some bicyclist injuries may not be immediately apparent, and a medical professional can assess your condition thoroughly.
Contact Law Enforcement
Report the accident to the police, especially if it involves a negligent driver or a violation of traffic laws, such as running a stop sign. Their report will document the details of the accident, which can be valuable when filing a claim.
If possible, collect evidence at the scene of the accident. Take photos of the accident site, including any damage to your bicycle and the motor vehicle. Get contact information from any witnesses.
Consult with a Bicycle Accident Attorney
Consider contacting Recovery Law Center, experienced Honolulu bicycle accident attorneys specializing in personal injury cases. We can guide your legal options and help you navigate the complex process of seeking compensation.
Notify Your Insurance Company
Inform your insurance company about the accident, but consult with us before providing recorded statements or accepting settlements. Insurance adjusters may try to minimize your claim, but we can negotiate to ensure you receive the maximum compensation.
Document Your Injuries and Expenses
Keep thorough medical treatment records, including doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and rehabilitation therapy. Also, keep track of any expenses related to the accident, such as lost wages and property damage.
Don’t Admit Fault
Avoid making statements that could be interpreted as admitting fault for the accident. Even if you believe you may have contributed to the accident, the fault is often complex and determined by various factors. Let your attorney handle discussions of liability.
File a Personal Injury Claim
Your attorney can help you file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver’s insurance company to seek compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.