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How to Recover from a Bicycle Accident

How to Recover from a Bicycle Accident

How to Recover from a Bicycle AccidentWhen a bicycle accident occurs, it can be difficult for the injured victim to know how to recover from the bicycle accident. The experienced and knowledgeable bicycle accident attorneys at Parke Gordon Law have decades of experience fighting for their clients and obtaining a fair compensation in their behalf. Our attorneys will answer all your questions during a free consultation over the phone or in person. If a negligent driver has injured you in a bicycle accident, we will aggressively fight to defend your legal rights. The following are five things to do to recover from a bicycle accident.

Seek Medical Treatment

The most important thing an injured victim can do following a bicycle accident is to obtain medical treatment. Medical attention right after the accident as well as throughout the recovery process is essential. Emergency medical attention should be accessed as needed. This could be calling 911 and being transported by an ambulance, or it could be a simple visit to an urgent care facility. If symptoms are not immediately noticeable or worsen over time, the accident victim should consult with their primary care provider to make sure there will not be lasting complications from the bicycle accident. Some injuries can present themselves weeks after the accident. Such injuries should be addressed and treated as needed.

Report the Bike Accident

Even if the accident seems minor, call the police to the scene of the accident so a police report is created. This is important to your bicycle accident case. The officer will most likely take statements from everyone involved as well as any witnesses. Give the police a statement of your version of what happened. Be sure to ask the officer how you can obtain a copy of the police report once it is completed.

Document the Crash

Take photos, video and audio recordings of the accident to be used as documentation. These can often be used as tangible evidence for a personal injury claim. Carefully document the accident itself, and any symptoms or property damages incurred from the accident. Over time bruises, scars, and cuts change. It is also helpful to your case to photograph injures over time.

If you have had to miss time from work as a result of the accident, document how much time you’ve missed and any lost wages. A personal injury attorney can help you determine compensation for such losses.

Contact a Bike Accident Lawyer

Once you are able, contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney from Parke Gordon Law Firm. By contacting a personal injury attorney right after an accident, the injured victim can ensure that their right to compensation is secured. This will relieve the stress of paying for medical treatment and allow the injured victim to focus on their recovery. Insurance companies often contact victims after an accident to obtain a recorded statement. Avoid giving one until talking to an attorney. The insurance company will often use the recorded statement against you. An experienced bicycle accident attorney will talk to the insurance company in your behalf and make sure your rights are not compromised.

Avoid Discussing the Accident on Social Media

Though it may seem tempting to announce your accident on social media, don’t. Doing so could possibly compromise your personal injury claim. Any pictures or statements you post on social media can be used by the insurance company to decrease the value of your claim. It is best to refrain from posting any information about the accident or your recovery until your claim has been settled or resolved at trial.

Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation

The bicycle accident attorneys and lawyers of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Tri-Cities know what is necessary to get clients the compensation they deserve. Our bicycle accident attorneys and lawyers will take steps to ensure your rights are fully protected. We’ll seek to recover all your damages and maximize your settlement and recovery. Parke Gordon Law Firm in Kennewick, Washington has effectively represented bicyclists and obtained impressive settlements for our bicycle accident clients for years. Call us now for a free consultation with an experienced bicycle accident attorney at (509) 582-7274.

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How to Help Your Child Avoid a Serious Bicycle Accident

How to Help Your Child Avoid a Serious Bicycle Accident

How to Help Your Child Avoid a Serious Bicycle AccidentRiding in the street is the safest place for a bicyclist. However, children under the age of 10 are better off riding on the sidewalk. Children under 10 are not mature enough to make difficult decisions necessary to safely ride in the street. The following are some tips to teach your child to avoid a serious bicycle accident.

  • Watch for vehicles coming out or turning into driveways.
  • Stop at corners of sidewalks and streets to look for cars.
  • Before crossing a street, make eye contact for any drivers who may stop for you.
  • Always enter a street at a corner not between parked cars.
  • Alert pedestrians on the sidewalk that you are near by saying, “Excuse me,” or “Passing on your left.” You could also use a bell or horn to alert others.
  • Always wear a bicycle helmet that fits properly.
  • Check the equipment of your bicycle. Be sure the tires are properly inflated; the brakes are working and your bike seat is adjusted correctly for comfort.

Bicycle Accident Injuries in Washington

Bicycle accident injuries are often serious due to the lack of protection to bicyclists and the size and force differences when a vehicle collides with a bicycle. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm will help ensure that our bicycle accident clients obtain appropriate medical care and treatment and ensure that the negligent motorist is held accountable. Take the stress out of your bike accident by hiring an experienced bike accident lawyer to settle your case. At Parke Gordon Law Firm, our attorneys believe every client deserves fair representation not just big insurance companies with deep pockets.

Contact the Bicycle Accident Attorneys and Lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm

Contact the personal injury lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation. Our attorneys are on your side and will fight for your rights. This is your opportunity to talk with an experienced attorney about your bicycle accident case. Call the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Kennewick, Washington now at (509) 582-7274. You pay nothing until your case is settled.

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Bicycle Accident Injuries

Bicycle Accident Injuries

Bicycle Accident InjuriesInjuries incurred after a bicycle accident are often much worse than those from a car accident. Bicycle accident injuries are often serious due to the lack of protection to bicyclists and the size and force difference when a vehicle collides with a bicycle. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm will help ensure that our bicycle accident clients obtain appropriate medical care and treatment and ensure that the negligent motorist is held accountable. Take the stress out of your bike accident by hiring an experienced bike accident lawyer to settle your case. At Parke Gordon Law Firm, our attorneys believe every client deserves fair representation not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. The following are five common bicycle accident injuries. Please keep in mind the following list is not complete; many other possible injuries exist. Any harm done by the negligence of another person or driver is a reason to contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney.

1. Traumatic Brain Injury or Concussion

During a bicycle accident, the bicyclist can sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a variety of ways. For instance, the vehicle itself may strike the rider’s head, or the bicyclist may be thrown to the ground or into another object. A TBI may also occur if the head is violently whipped back and forth without physical impact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI contributes to approximately 30 percent of all injury-related deaths. Signs of TBI include impaired thinking, memory, movement, sensation, or emotional function. These effects could last for days or even the rest of the person’s life.

A mild TBI is known as a concussion. A concussion is still very serious and even life-threatening.

2. Neck, Back or Spine Injury

The impact from a motor vehicle hitting a bicyclist can affect his or her entire body. The neck, back or spine can sustain serious injuries from whipping motion as well as the force of impact from the collision itself. A lifetime of pain can follow things such as fractures, muscle strains, ruptured discs or other injuries. Many of these serious symptoms may go unnoticed right after the bicycle accident due to the surge of adrenaline a person experiences after a collision. Without proper medical treatment, the injury can turn from mild to debilitating over the next few days following the accident.

3. Broken Bones

Often times after a bicycle accident, the rider will fall off the bike and sustain broken bones. Broken bones are usually not as serious as the before mentioned injuries but still needs immediate attention from an emergency room.

4. Lacerations

A laceration is a deep cut or tear in the skin or flesh. Because of how deep a laceration can be, the wound often becomes infected with bacteria as a result of contact. Lacerations are often seen as minor. However, if gone untreated, a laceration can become dangerous if not properly treated and covered up. An infection from a laceration can become life-threatening. Depending on the size of the cut, it is also common to experience too much blood loss.

5. Emotional Trauma or PTSD

Following a serious accident, a person may experience emotional trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A crash is a shocking and scary event. A person suffering from PTSD may experience flashbacks, nightmares and/or frightening thoughts.

Tri-Cities Bicycle Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another, get medical treatment and then contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer. Bicycle accident attorneys and lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm assist clients who have been in bike accidents in Tri-Cities, Washington,  by getting them the compensation they deserve. Our Tri-Cities personal injury lawyers will take steps to ensure your rights are fully protected. The law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm will seek recovery for all of your damages and maximize your settlement. Our attorneys have successfully represented injured bicyclists and obtained impressive settlements for our bicycle accident clients. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Tri-Cities for a free consultation.  Call our Tri-Cities law office today at (509) 528-7274 to get started on your case.

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After a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

After a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

After a Hit and Run Bicycle AccidentA bicyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as a motor vehicle when driving on public roads. When a negligent driver crashes into a bicyclist, runs them off the road, or hits them by opening a door then leaves the scene, it is considered a hit and run crime. A hit and run accident can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges if the driver is found at fault. Under the law, the bicyclist can also file a lawsuit against the negligent driver to obtain compensation for damages and injuries. However, if the at-fault driver cannot be identified, the bicyclist can obtain some compensation by filing a claim against their own personal auto insurance with uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage or a medical insurance policy.

The best compensation will be obtainable only if the unknown driver is identified. If the driver is identified and found at fault, a personal injury lawyer would be able to fight to get you the most compensation possible.

After a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

Here are some tips for a bicyclist who is hit by someone who flees the scene to catch the responsible driver and protect your ability to file a lawsuit against them.

  • Take pictures of the accident scene, the damages to your bike, weather conditions at the scene, skid marks, and your injuries.
  • Talk to any witnesses and get their contact information (full name and phone number).
  • Call the police. A responding officer will be able to create an accident report. By failing to obtain an accident report, you may lose your right to compensation from your own insurance company and the at-fault driver. Even if you think the at-fault driver will not be found, file a police report with local authorities.
  • Receive medical care. Always go to the doctor after any motor vehicle accident. Doing so documents medical records that can later help your case. Tell the doctor you were involved in an accident and report any injuries even if minor. By receiving medical care, your medical records will protect your right to medical expense compensation.
  • Notify your insurance providers. Many auto insurance policies cover bicyclists who travel on roadways. Let your insurance company know about the accident if you think you will need to file a claim to cover your losses. Learn as much as you can about the compensation you are owed through your own insurance policies (medical and auto). If the driver is not found, these may be the only compensation opportunities for you.

Contact the Bicycle Accident Attorneys and Lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm

Contact the personal injury lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation. Our attorneys are on your side and will fight for your rights. This is your opportunity to talk with an experienced attorney about your bicycle accident case. Call the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Kennewick now at (509) 582-7274. You pay nothing until your case settles.

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Tips for What to do After a Bicycle Accident

Tips for What to do After a Bicycle Accident

Tips for What to do After a Bicycle AccidentAfter a bicycle accident, you may be confused, scared, and not know what to do. When a bicyclist gets hit by a car or truck, it is crucial to know what to do while still at the scene of the accident. What you do immediately after the bike accident can have a dramatic impact on how much you are able to recover for your injuries and property damage to your bike. It may also affect your lawsuits outcome. Here is what to do after a bicycle accident.

Call the Officials and Wait for Help to Arrive

Waiting for the police to arrive at the scene of the accident is vital to your case even if you think you are not injured. A police officer can write a police report that will help your lawsuit. Sometimes the bicyclist may not even realize they are injured until several hours after the accident. Also, what seems like a minor injury can turn into something much more serious and even cause permanent damage or scaring. If you leave the accident, the at-fault driver may never be identified.

Never negotiate with the negligent driver. Instead, just wait for the police to handle it. Many drivers will initially apologize for the accident and accept blame but then later deny their negligence when faced with a lawsuit. The police will be able to document everything and gather statements needed for your case.

Gather Contact Information

After an accident, it is important to gather the contact information from all other drivers involved in the accident as well as the contact information of any witnesses. Information such as his or her name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, vehicle license number, and insurance information is important to your case. Never assume the police will obtain this information, they might not. If you are injured and unable to obtain this information, ask a bystander to do it for you.

Give a Statement to Police

Be sure to give the police a clear statement as to what happened. Sometimes, the police will ask the driver what happened but not the bicyclist. Do everything you can to get your side of the story clearly stated in the police report. Report all your injuries and every detail even if it seems minor. Even minor injuries can sometimes become more serious.

Even if the police refuse to include your statement in the accident report, you can later have the report amended.

Document

As soon as you can, take a moment to write down exactly what happened and what injuries you inquired from the accident. If you are not able to write it down, make mental notes about the accident. Include things such as what happened, how it happened, where the accident occurred, when it occurred, the condition of the road, the traffic, and weather conditions.

For your injuries, be sure to seek medical attention right away. The fact that you sought medical attention serves as proof of your injuries. Medical records will serve as documentation of your injuries. Take photos of your injuries as soon as possible after the accident. These can also greatly help your case.

Property Damage Evidence

Do not attempt to fix your bicycle after an accident. By leaving it in the same state as after the accident, it will serve as evidence for your case. It is also a good idea not to wash your clothing or bike. Don’t send your bike, help, clothing or any other equipment to anyone other than your attorney. Take photos of all damaged equipment.

Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Consult with a bicycle accident attorney as soon as you can after the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney will know how to handle your case and how to get you the most compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Boise to handle your case. Our law firm will work hard to advise you how to proceed, negotiate with insurance companies and represent you in a lawsuit.

Don’t communicate with the insurance company before speaking with an attorney. Your attorney will handle everything. Speaking with the insurance company may harm your case.

Call Parke Gordon Law Firm now for a free consultation. This is your opportunity to discuss your bicycle accident with an experienced, trusted and aggressive personal injury attorney. Call (509) 482-7274 now.

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How Bicyclists Can Handle a Driver with Road Rage

How Bicyclists Can Handle a Driver with Road Rage

How Bicyclists Can Handle a Driver with Road RageMany bicycle accidents occur from drivers with road rage. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported some 80 percent of drivers expressed feeling road rage behind the wheel within the past year. In addition, about 8 million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme road rage such as purposely hitting another vehicle. Road rage is an all too common occurrence and is extremely dangerous for a bicyclist. A bicyclist does not have 3,000 pounds of steel around them for protection. Know how bicyclists can handle a driver with road rage to protect yourself should you be in such a situation when riding your bike. Here’s how to handle a driver with road rage when riding your bike.

In a Road Rage Situation, Remain Calm

If you are riding your bicycle around a driver who is yelling out the window towards you, remember to remain calm. Follow the rules of the road concerning riding a bicycle. When a bicyclist is riding their bike on the roadway, legally they are to follow the same rules of the road as a vehicle. If the bicyclist is riding their bike on the sidewalk, they are to follow the same rules as a pedestrian.

An expert from the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association says motorists want to see the cyclist do something wrong so they can complain about it. If you’re obeying all traffic laws, you are not at fault. If the situation is bad enough, consider reporting the aggressive driver to police. Make a note of the vehicle make, model, color, and plate number to report it to the police. Also make note of the physical characteristics of the driver, the time of day and where the incident occurred to tell the police. The more detail the better. It is also extremely helpful to talk to witnesses and ask for their phone number so the police can get a statement from them. Without a witness statement, it is likely the police will not get involved.

Get Away from a Road Rage Situation

The best tactic in a road rage situation is to remove yourself. Get to somewhere safe where the driver is not able to hit you while riding a bike. You could move onto the sidewalk, slow down and let the car pass, turn on the next street, make a legal U-turn, etc.

If Necessary, Defend Yourself from a Driver’s Road Rage

If the driver continues to act aggressively and you are unable to get to a safe place, you do have a right to defend yourself in most states to prevent being injured. Call 911 immediately and leave the call live even if you are unable to talk to the dispatcher. Pull over and put your bike between yourself and the driver. Never get violent against a person or their vehicle even if you feel threatened. Doing so legally makes you the aggressor. Engage only as much as you need to in order to create distance and get away.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Tri-Cities

If you have been injured by an aggressive driver while riding your bicycle, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Tri-Cities. Our aggressive trusted and experienced attorneys will fight hard to get you every penny you deserve. Call our Kennewick law office today for a free consultation at (509) 582-7274.

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