A car hit me while I was riding my bike. What are my options?

Bicycle injuries are becoming more and more common in Michigan.  Some communities like Ann Arbor are more bike friendly than other communities don’t have bike lanes or laws to protect bike riders.  Some communities have narrow sidewalks that leave bike riders few options to ride safely.  Other riders prefer to use the streets, but not everyone knows that when a bike is on the road, then they must follow the same rules as cars.

What happens in Michigan when a bicycle rider gets hit by a car while riding in the street?

Often times the bike rider is seriously injured.  The injuries can include broken bones, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, closed head injuries, back problems,  or even death.  If someone is seriously injured as a result of being hit by a car, then they can be entitled to certain no-fault benefits in Michigan.  They would also be able to get help right away.  If the rider dies, then there might a wrongful death claim.

What should you do if you were hit by a car or truck while riding your bike?

First get the help you need or deserve.  Call 911 or have someone call on your behalf.  If you are still in the roadway, try to move out of the street so you don’t get even more hurt.  Then try to collect as much information as you can about all the witnesses.  Get names, phone numbers, license plate numbers, or any identifying information because you will need this if you end up having to file a lawsuit in Michigan.

Serious injuries happen all the time.  It doesn’t matter how experienced, skilled, or safe a rider is because all it takes is one person not paying attention to cause a serious bike injury.  Always wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road.

If you were hit by a car in Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti, Milan, Dexter, Chelsea, Manchester, Jackson, Howell, Fowlerville, Brighton, Plymouth, Northville, Belleville or in the surrounding Washtenaw, Wayne, Jackson, Livingston, or Lenawee Counties, call me for a free consultation.  I work on these types of cases aggressively and will get you the compensation that you deserve.