What should I do after being in a bike accident?
If you are involved in a bike accident take pictures of your injuries and the damage to your bike if you are able. Otherwise, seek medical attention right away. Keep copies of medical records, bills and expenses related to your injuries and contact an experienced bike accident lawyer who can help you understand the value of your accident claim.
I was injured in a bike accident but I wasn’t wearing a helmet. Am I still able to recover damages from the at-fault driver?
Not wearing a helmet does not prevent an injured bike rider from recovering damages but it can reduce the amount of the settlement if an expert witness can show that your failure to wear a helmet made your injuries worse.
Should I hire a lawyer if I was in a bike accident?
It is wise to contact a local accident lawyer if you are in a bike accident. He or she can assess the cause of the accident (fault), the severity of your injuries and the amount that your claim is worth. If the insurance company has offered a settlement it is a good idea to have it reviewed by a personal injury attorney; insurance companies will offer the lowest settlement possible. If your attorney negotiates a settlement on your behalf you pay only a portion of the settlement and consultations are free.
How much is my bike accident worth?
Like all accident cases, there is no set worth. When determining the value of a claim, a bike accident lawyer will consider many factors including the severity of your injuries, the cost of your medical bills and other damages such as lost wages. Bike accident cases vary in value from a few thousand dollars to more than a million dollars.
How long do I have to file an accident claim after my bike accident?
Personal injury claims in Washington State must generally be filed within 3 years from the date of the accident but there are exceptions such as when the victim is a minor child. Talk to a bike accident attorney to discuss statute of limitations for your case.
A car cut in front of my bike and drove off but caused me to crash my bike. Can I file an uninsured motorist claim?
If you have bike insurance and you are hit by an unidentified driver you may be able to file a claim to recover damages under your own policy.
What if I was partially at fault for my bike accident?
In Washington State, fault can be shared in a personal injury case. Damages are awarded based on contributory fault law which says that you may only be awarded damages proportionate to the percentage of fault contributed by the defendant and nothing for the amount of fault that you contributed. For example, if you were 10% at fault and your damages were $100,000, you would receive only $90,000.
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