Hit and Run Bicycle Accident in Meridian

Hit and Run Bicycle Accident in Meridian

Hit and Run Bicycle Accident in MeridianA Boise bicyclist is looking for justice after being involved in a hit and run bicycle accident in Meridian. The man claims he was run over by an SUV near the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Eagle Road in Meridian. He was riding his bike home from work around 4:30 p.m. in December. While traveling east along the sidewalk on Fairview Avenue, an SUV came out of a parking lot and ran into him. According to a Meridian Police report, the car was an older, blue SUV. The bicyclist does not recall the details of the SUV because all he saw was the grill of the vehicle as it hit him. The crash sent the bicyclist to the hospital with major cuts and bruises. He has now accumulated over $6,000 worth of medical bills plus $800 worth of damages to his bike. Witnesses of the bicycle accident did not see the vehicle’s license plate number.

What Can You Do if Hit by an Unknown Driver in a Bicycle Accident?

A 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.

Tips for 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 a medical car, 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 a Boise Bicycle Accident Attorney

Contact the bicycle accident attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation. This is your opportunity to discuss your bicycle accident case with an experienced lawyer. We’re on your side and will fight for your rights. Our trusted attorneys can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Call our Boise law office today at (208) 322-7274. If we take on your case, you pay nothing until your case is settled.

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What to do After a Bicycle Accident

What to do After a Bicycle Accident

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 Police 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 Witness and Driver 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.

State Clearly What Happened to the 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 What Happened and Your Injuries

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.

Preserve 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 to Handle Your Case

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 (208) 322-7274 now.

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Bicycle Accident Involving Juvenile Driver in Caldwell

Bicycle Accident Involving Juvenile Driver in Caldwell

Bicycle Accident Involving Juvenile Driver in CaldwellIdaho State Police reported a bicycle accident involving a juvenile driver in Caldwell last Sunday. Police said a child riding a bicycle ran into a juvenile driving a pickup truck at an intersection. The driver of the pickup truck was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was not injured. The child on the bicycle was transported by ground ambulance to a nearby medical center for evaluation of injuries. Idaho State Police are still investigating this bicycle accident.

Tips to Prepare Kids to Avoid a Bicycle Accident

Every year about 400,000 kids are treated in the emergency room for bicycle-related injuries. Some bike accidents are inevitable, regardless you can prepare your kids to avoid a bicycle crash with the proper technique. The following are some tips to help prepare your kids to avoid a bicycle crash.

  1. Make sure your kids are wearing a good bike helmet whenever they are on their bike. A helmet will help protect your child from head and brain injuries.
  2. Prepare your child’s bike with a tune-up. For example, wipe off the frame, make sure bolts are tight, lubricate the chain, check the brakes and inflate any flat tires. This will help prevent common bike accidents such as a chain breaking or a flat tire.
  3. Practice helping your kids avoid hazards such as large rocks, toys, potholes, etc. while riding their bike.
  4. Teach your kids their bike is to be treated like a vehicle, not a toy. Bicyclists have the same rules to follow as a vehicle whenever it enters the roadway.
  5. Start with teaching some basic rules of the road such as stay to the right, keep a safe distance from other bikes or people, look both ways, etc.

Bike Accident Lawyer in Boise

If you or your child has been injured while riding a bicycle due to a negligent driver, contact the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Boise to handle your case. Personal Injury Lawyer Mat Parke is an experienced, trusted and aggressive attorney who has served many personal injury clients in Boise for years. Our law firm will fight for every penny you are owed. Contact our law office in Boise today for a free consultation at (208) 322-7274.

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Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Most Common Causes of Bicycle AccidentsAs the weather starts to get warmer, it is important to be safe while outside riding a bicycle. Here are the most common causes of bicycle accidents according to the NHTSA National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors.

Being Hit by a Car on a Bike

Thirty percent of all bicycle accidents are caused by the rider being hit by a car. Drivers are to always be aware of what is around them and yield the right of way to all pedestrians and bicyclists. However, often times bicyclists are not seen by a driver. When riding a bike, yield to caution by wearing brightly colored clothing. It is also helpful for you to beware of vehicles and make eye contact before crossing a street.

Fallen Off a Bicycle

Seventeen percent of all bicycle accident are from the rider falling off the bike. There are many reasons for this. For example, the rider may have been startled from an unforeseen object or person.

Error Due to the Bicyclist

Thirteen percent of bike accidents are from the rider making an error.

Collided with a Fixed Object

Seven percent of bicycle accidents are due to the rider colliding with a fixed object. For instance, an inexperienced bicyclist may accidently run into a light pole. Or the rider may have been distracted and hit the pole.

Dogs Running into the Street

When a dog runs into the street, they may potentially be hit by a bicyclist or a car. Four percent of all bicycle accident have been due to a dog running into the street.

Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorney on Your Side

If you’ve been injured from a bicycle accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Boise to be on your side. Our law office believes every client deserves top-tier representation as well as more money, faster. Call our Boise law office today at (208) 322-7274 for a free consultation about your case. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.  This is your opportunity to discuss your bike accident case with a trusted and experienced Boise bicycle accident attorney. Call now!

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What Does it Mean to Yield the Right-of-Way?

What Does it Mean to Yield the Right-of-Way?

Yield the Right-of-WayTo yield the right-of-way means to let another driver, bicyclist or pedestrian go first. Failure to yield the right-of-way could lead to a serious car accident or bicycle accident.

The following are the laws for yielding the right-of-way under Idaho Rules of the Road:

Idaho Code § 49-641. VEHICLE TURNING LEFT

The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection, or so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

Idaho Code § 49-642. VEHICLE ENTERING HIGHWAY

The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any place other than another highway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the highway to be entered or crossed.

Idaho Code § 49-643. HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE

  • The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle or pedestrian actually engaged in work upon a highway within any highway construction or maintenance area indicated by traffic-control devices.
  • The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any authorized vehicle obviously and actually engaged in work upon a highway whenever that vehicle displays flashing lights meeting the requirements adopted by the board.

To Yield the Right-of-Way

To yield the right-of-way means to allow another vehicle to proceed before you in a traffic situation. The law does not grant the right-of-way to anyone, but it does order someone to yield (give up) the right-of-way. When a driver gets behind the wheel they are agreeing to do everything possible to avoid a car crash. The same applies to any motorcyclist, pedestrian, or bicyclist that enters the roadway.

Who Has the Right-of-Way?

When two vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, the driver on the right should be granted the right-of-way. Few traffic rules are more misunderstood than this. Since a bicyclist is considered a vehicle when riding on public roads they are subject to the same rules as other vehicles.

As a pedestrian, you should always be granted the right-of-way. However, make eye contact with any drivers you will be crossing in front of to make sure they see you.

Boise Bike Accident Attorneys

The car crash and bike accident attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Boise are experienced and knowledgeable. We will fight for every penny your bike accident, car accident or other personal injury case is worth. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation, not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. Call the law firm of Parke Gordon today for a free consultation. You pay nothing until your case is settled.

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Five Tips to Protect Yourself from a Bicycle Accident This Summer

Five Tips to Protect Yourself from a Bicycle Accident This Summer

Five Tips to Protect Yourself from a Bicycle Accident This SummerWith the weather warming up outside, many will be out riding a bicycle. It is important to protect yourself from a bicycle accident this summer. A Boise man is in critical condition after a bike accident with a car last weekend. The man was found by a passerby unconscious in the street near 8th and Franklin. The driver who hit him left the scene of the crash but returned about 20 minutes later, reported Boise police. For leaving the scene of a accident, the driver is said to be charged with a felony. There were reportedly no witnesses to the accident. The girlfriend of the Boise man who was hit says he was on his way home after an evening out with friends. It has also been reported that the bike may not have had a light and was therefore not seen by the driver.

Protect Yourself from a Bicycle Accident

If you are planning on riding a bike for fun or to commute over the summer, protect yourself from a bicycle accident with these five tips.

  1. Always follow the rules of the road. Even when you are not driving a car, a bicycle riding on the road is still responsible to follow the rules. Obey all traffic signals and yield the right-of-way when necessary.
  2. Watch for cars and pedestrians. Bicyclists pose a threat to pedestrians just like a car poses a threat to a biker. Always be courteous to cars and pedestrians while on a bike.
  3. Be visible. Wear brightly colored clothing and use lights or reflectors to be seen easily.
  4. Stay in designated bike areas when possible. If possible, chose a route with a bike lane to keep yourself safe.
  5. Teach your kids to be safe on a bike too.

Hire a Bike Accident Lawyer at Parke Gordon

Boise personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon have handled many bicycle accidents. Our experienced lawyers understand what it takes to get an accident victim the compensation they deserve. We believe in working hard against insurance companies to receive a fair settlement for our clients. Call our Boise law firm today for a free consultation.

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