Bicycle Accident Lawyer DC
Bicycles are an excellent means of transportation, but unfortunately others on the road are not always as cautious around bikes as they should be. Cyclists are at higher risk of becoming an accident victim due to factors like their lack of protective barriers and small size. Drivers are supposed to be mindful of cyclists and share the road, but unfortunately they do not always drive carefully around them. Some drivers are aggressive around cyclists because they are much slower than surrounding traffic. However, this doesn’t excuse their negligent actions. Thankfully, legal recourse is usually available to cyclists who have been struck by inattentive or otherwise negligent drivers. If you have been injured while riding your bike, you may have grounds to file a legal claim with the assistance of a DC bicycle accident lawyer.
What should I do if I have been involved in a bike accident?
Collisions involving bicycles are common occurrences. When streets have uneven pavement or are dimly lit, the chances of an accident happening is even higher. If you are involved in a collision, it’s important to remain calm and take the necessary actions so that you can properly file a claim.
The first thing you should do is to call the police, and make sure an officer comes out to you and checks out the scene of the accident. Once they are finished, ask for the officer’s contact information and a copy of the police report as your DC bicycle accident lawyer will need this down the road. Give them a brief statement about how the accident occurred. You may be able to get the police report a few days after the accident.
Then, make sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some of your injuries may not be visible, so you will want to speak to a doctor and ensure your health and wellbeing comes first. In addition, you will want to keep all medical bills, insurance information, and any other documentation of the accident for your DC bicycle accident lawyer to use when creating your claim.
The next thing that you should do is take photos of the accident scene. Capture photos from all angles around the site. Make sure to get details of the damage to your bicycle, skid marks made by the vehicle, and any property that was hit. These photos will be critical pieces of your case and you need compelling photos to support it.
After you report the accident to an insurance adjuster, the insurance company may present you with a settlement offer. Be wary about any offer that the insurance company gives you, and instead speak to a lawyer and have them evaluate it. Chances are that they will give you a lowball offer that is not reflective of the full compensation amount that you could be actually entitled to. Talk to a lawyer for a professional opinion about any settlement offer. They can negotiate on your behalf if the offer is much lower than what you deserve.
What kinds of damages am I eligible for?
No two accidents are the same, so it is almost impossible to figure out what exact damages you qualify for before you speak to a DC bicycle accident lawyer. However, in most personal injury cases, it is common to receive compensation to cover the cost of any medical bills, pain and suffering, any lost wages and loss of potential earning capacity. The severity of your injuries will also be accounted for when your losses are calculated. To get the most accurate cost estimate, have a lawyer do the math and they will be able to tell you an estimated case value.
What happens if I do not have car insurance?
You do not need car insurance if you have been hit by a car while riding your bike. The car insurance of the driver responsible for the accident will pay for your compensation. If the driver does not hold a policy, then your DC bicycle accident lawyer will likely recommend that you both fight for the driver to personally pay for everything. In cases where the at-fault driver does not have car insurance, your case will be more complex to fight. Have a lawyer who has experience working on a variety of cases and they will know what legal strategies to use so that you can obtain the highest compensation possible.
How long should I wait before I contact an attorney?
It is pivotal to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident. This is important for two reasons; there are statutes of limitations when it comes to personal injury so if you wait too long you may not have a claim. Additionally, having a lawyer investigate the accident while evidence is still present can be especially helpful when it comes to building a strong case. Waiting too long can make it much harder to prepare your case and you risk not being able to submit it on time.
Will my case be brought to trial?
Again, this depends on your case. In most cases, it is not necessary to go to court and a settlement is awarded to the victim. You may be able to settle out of court, if you can come to an agreement with the other persons involved in the accident. But even if this doesn’t happen and you have to go to court, your lawyer will speak and act for you on your behalf and you will not be alone. They can prepare a plan and advise you about the best strategies that can increase your chances of achieving a successful outcome.
When you are an accident victim, the thought of filing a claim and going through the motions of a legal matter can be daunting. You probably want to deal with the issue as quickly as you can, and you may be concerned that filing a claim will only make the matter much more complicated. Since you are the victim however, you should take the time to understand what your options are. You don’t want to miss out on compensation that can lift your burdens and potentially cover all of your expenses related to the accident.
Do not feel that you need to navigate the aftermath of an accident by yourself. The Law Firm of Frederick J. Brynn, P.C. is here to help you, so do not hesitate to contact our law firm today to schedule a consultation.