The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2013 over 800 cyclists were killed in accidents with cars. This data accounts for over 17% of total U.S. deaths that year. There was also an estimated 495,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms due to crash-related bicycle injuries that year. Distracted auto drivers account for many of the accidents involving bicyclists. People are using their cell phone, texting, etc. Ninety percent of child cyclists accidents occur during the day.
Louisiana is one of the states with the highest death rate of cyclists per capita. Peyton Burkhalter, a personal injury attorney Metairie advises cyclists if you are injured by a motor vehicle, it is important to wait for the police to arrive at the scene of the accident so that a police report is filed. Never leave the scene of your accident because you will not have the driver’s information. Assuming you are ok is a mistake. Pain may not be present immediately and could later develop into severe conditions. Always request to be seen by a doctor to make sure you are ok.
The police report is an important piece of documentation. If the police issue a ticket to the driver of the car, this is critical data for the attorney to settle your case with the insurance company. He will gather all the facts and circumstances to present a case for you to receive the compensation that you deserve. Keeping all pertinent information for his review is important. Contact Peyton Burkhalter Law for a free consultation to review your injury claim. Complex legal issues are involved in cyclist accidents; therefore, it is important to have the guidance of an experienced attorney for the best outcome.
Peyton B. Burkhalter Law
2540 Severn Ave #129
Metairie, LA 70002