Helping Bicycle Accident Victims from Tacoma, Spokane, and Vancouver, Washignton
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident you may be considering filing a personal injury claim. These cases are often settled out of court, and can be completed in a matter of months. But are such legal actions worth the time and effort they require?
If you have been seriously injured by someone else’s negligence or error, you are probably facing steep medical bills, loss of wages, and other expenses. Discussing your potential claim with a qualified attorney is the best way to evaluate your options. You may be surprised by what your claim is actually worth.
The first step in any personal injury case, including bicycle accidents, is determination of fault. This basically answers the question, “Who is to blame?” Many traffic incidents involving cyclists occur due to driver inattention or an inability to see the person on the bike.
If you were riding in a reasonably safe way at the time of the accident, your lawyer will be able to prove that you were not at fault for the crash, and therefore eligible for 100 percent compensation. There are several different parties that may be responsible for the incident, and who can thus can be held liable. These include, but are not limited to, the driver or drivers of any motor vehicles involved.
The city or governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable, in the event the collision was the end result of a dangerous or unsafe conditions.
Without the guidance of a skilled lawyer, you may inadvertently make some statements or take actions that could jeopardize your claim. Remember, insurance companies will try to reduce the value of your claim by placing the blame or fault solely on your shoulders.
To determine how much your accident is worth, you must consider all of the damages involved. Any and all medical expenses that arise from the crash may be considered losses. You may have emergency room fees, prescription medication bills, medical procedure costs, or ongoing physical therapy needs.
If the crash forced you to miss work, you may be able to seek recompense for lost wages following the crash and in the future due to the ongoing nature of your injuries and recovery. Even future earnings may be taken into consideration when the injuries sustained are life changing or result in long-term disabilities. Pain, suffering and mental anguish may also be taken into account in calculating the total cost of the accident.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Washington state, please contact the experienced legal professionals at the Bernard Law Group for a free and comprehensive consultation. We will ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable and that you secure fair compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.
IF YOU, OR A LOVED ONE, HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A BICYCLE ACCIDENT IN WASHINGTON – CALL TODAY FOR A FREE CONSULTATION!