How Can I Prove Liability for a Bicycle Accident?

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The damages that result from a bicycle accident can add up fast. From medical bills to lost wages, they can amount to tens of thousands of dollars—if not more—in a matter of weeks. In other words, it’s not uncommon for injured cyclists to wonder how they’re ever going to regain their footing in the wake of a wreck.

If you were seriously hurt in a bicycle accident and your financial security is in jeopardy, seeking compensation for the associated losses starts with proving liability. While the facts of the case will determine the most important pieces of evidence you’ll need to gather, at least some of the following will probably prove integral to your claim:

1. Eyewitness Testimony

Those who saw what happened may be able to help your legal team assign blame. Since eyewitness testimony becomes less reliable as more time passes, though, your lawyer is going to want to obtain statements as soon as possible.

If you were unable to get the names and phone numbers of the other motorists, their passengers, or any pedestrians who saw the accident, your legal team may be able to compile such information from the responding officers.

2. Photographs of the Wreckage

If you were able to shoot the scene before leaving the area, give the photos to your personal injury attorney. They will review the images of the wreckage with accident reconstruction experts to decipher what might have happened in the moments leading up to the crash.

3. Video Footage

If you happened to be wearing a helmet camera at the time—or any of the vehicles in the vicinity were equipped with a dashboard camera—the footage could be incredibly valuable. Since it may be overwritten in a matter of weeks, though, it’s imperative to make copies as soon as possible.

4. Official Reports

Police who responded to the scene should have drafted an official report. Depending on its contents, this document may help your legal team assign blame. If officers had reason to believe the motorist who stuck you was distracted or drowsy, for example, they should have stated as much in their report.

The results of any toxicology tests could also contribute to your claim, assuming the driver was impaired at the time of the accident.

5. Black Box Data

Nowadays, most vehicles have “black boxes,” which record a host of variables during operation. By reviewing the data from these devices, investigators can see how the motorist behaved in the seconds leading up to a crash. Depending on their actions, it may then be possible to determine precisely why the collision occurred.

Speak with a Detroit Bicycle Accident Attorney

At Seva Law Firm, we’re determined to protect the physical, emotional, and economic well-being of our clients. If you were struck by a motorist while riding your bike, we’ll help you gather the evidence needed to hold them accountable. To set up a free case review with a bicycle accident lawyer in Detroit, fill out our Contact Form or call (248) 385-5704.