When you are on a bike, the last thing you want is to be involved in an accident in which you are hit by a vehicle. Even worse is when your accident is the result of a collision with a large vehicle such as a bus. You will want to make sure that emergency services are called and will then want to wait until you can contact a personal injury attorney for help.
Common Injuries Caused by Bus Accidents Involving Bicycles
If you are hit by a bus on your bike, you may suffer from broken bones, a head injury, and shoulder and neck injuries. After you are injured, you may continue to suffer the effects of your injuries for years. However, to determine the extent to where you are injured, you will need help both from your physician and from a personal injury attorney.
Everyone heals differently after an injury, but an expert witness may be able to predict how long it will take you to heal from your injuries. They are also able to predict the likely medical expenses you will have to deal with.
Why Your Case Might Go to Trial
The best way to resolve an accident involving a collision with a bus driver is to settle your case out of court. However, in some circumstances, you might be forced to have your case go to trial. This most often occurs when your settlement negotiations are not successful and your personal injury attorney believes that you would receive more compensation by going to trial.
Compensation You Might Receive After a Lawsuit
After the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, future medical expenses, and loss of earnings. If you are not happy with the result of the lawsuit, this doesn't mean that it's already over. You also have the option to appeal the result.
Your Right to Appeal
You have the right to repeal your lawsuit and so does the other party. Either side might argue over the settlement amount or might argue that one side or another was more or less at fault. You will want to consult with your personal injury attorney about whether this is the right decision.
Even if you receive a particular settlement amount, it may later be reduced when the other party argues that it was excessive. However, you might also argue that you should be entitled to additional damages such as punitive damages.