Imagine you were hit by a distracted motorist while riding your bike. You have a strong case for damages so you reach out to a personal injury attorney for guidance. The problem is, this attorney has never represented a bicyclist, and the attorney doesn't know how to evaluate the evidence in your case.
Investigating a bicycle versus car accident is much different from investigating a car versus car accident. If you're a cyclist who was injured in such a collision due to no fault of your own, you will want to keep these differences in mind when choosing an attorney to handle your case.
Highlighting the different types of evidence used in bicycle versus car crashes
To illustrate differences between a bike versus vehicle collision, let's first look at the kind of evidence that is often present in a vehicle versus vehicle crash:
Crush damage on the vehicles: Crush damage on the cars can show how quickly the vehicles were traveling at the time of the collision as well as the angles of approach and who hit whom.
The rest positions of the vehicles: The rest position of the vehicle reveals a lot about the angles of direction and which driver may have been at fault.
Tire markings on the roadway: Tire markings can indicate how fast the cars were traveling, whether one driver tried to stop and how far away the driver was when he or she started to apply the breaks. These markings can also pinpoint exactly where the collision may have occurred.
Event data recorders in the cars: Many modern cars have what's kind of like a black box for airplanes: a computer that records various metrics like speed, braking and so forth. This information can be helpful to evaluate a crash.
Here's what lawyers look at when it comes to a bicycle versus vehicle collision:
The rest positions of the bicycle and car: This could help indicate where the car and bike were at the time of the crash, but the bike might not always be in the same location by the time police arrive.
Tire markings: As in a vehicle collision, it can help to see skid markings to indicate what both the cyclist and motorist were doing just before the strike. Did either of them try to brake?
Injuries: The type and extent of the injuries suffered by the bicyclist can indicate directionality and other information.
Bike crush: The way the bike gets crushed might reveal information about who was at fault in the crash.
Helmet damage: Damage to the helmet of the bicyclist may also be a source of evidence to be used during the litigation of the matter.
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As you can see, there are differences between the most important evidence one needs to look at in a car crash that involves a bicycle compared to a car versus car collision. Make sure you and your attorney are fully informed when it comes to these differences as this information will help you pursue your claim for damages more effectively.