If you have ever been in an accident, you already know how frustrating it can be to deal with insurance companies. Bicycle accidents can be especially complicated because it can be difficult to prove fault and liability.
You may believe that you understand the law and that you can handle your own case without the help and guidance of an attorney. Please understand that an experienced attorney can be a great asset when dealing with insurance companies and claims. A personal injury lawyer can also help you to avoid the pitfalls that can jeopardize your personal injury claim.
Here are some of the most common misconceptions about cycling laws in the state of Washington
Insurance Companies Exist To Help Victims of Accidents
Insurance companies are large corporations that operate with the goal of increasing their profits. To this end, they seek to minimize the value of a claim and the payout that is given to injured victims. There are several ways companies attempt to do this. The most common method is to hold the injured party responsible or partially responsible for the accident.
I Have Plenty of Time to File a Claim
This is not necessarily true. There is a statute of limitations that puts a deadline on how much time you have before you can no longer file a claim. Once this time has passed, compensation for damages incurred in the accident is no longer an option.
Time is also a factor in your case when dealing with witnesses and evidence. It is imperative that you retain the services of a skilled injury lawyer at the earliest possible time. Obtaining physical evidence from the scene of an accident and interviewing key witnesses can make or break your bicycle accident case. The importance of acting quickly cannot be underestimated.
Are Lawsuits Worth My Time?
A majority of personal injury claims do not go to trial. Most cases are settled out of court. In fact, most cases can be resolved in a year or less. Due to the frequently severe nature of injuries from cycling accidents, medical expenses and lost wages can be significant. You may also need money for ongoing medical treatment and care. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, it may become necessary to pursue legal action to obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve.
You Don’t Need a Lawyer
Accident victims can, of course, represent themselves, but personal injury cases vary in terms of complexity. An experienced attorney can make all the difference in your case. Remember that with the Bernard Law Group, you will not be paying any fees until we recover your compensation. What you pay us will be a percentage of what we recover for you. Call us today for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
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