You may go on a ride to clear your mind from a tiring workday on your bicycle, and someone else being careless on the road can hit you. Since bicycles do not provide any safety to the rider, you may sustain various physical injuries, taking weeks to months to recover. Additionally, your injuries can prevent you from working and missing out on your income.
However, if the other person is to be blamed for your accident, you can file a personal injury claim with the at-fault insurance company to get financial compensation. You can seek compensation for your injuries, loss of income, pain, and suffering, property damage, and more.
Often victims fear that hiring a bicycle attorney will rip holes in their pockets due to their expensive images. However, this is far from reality. An experienced bike accident attorney can help in filing a claim and get a fair settlement from the insurance company.
An attorney helps in gathering evidence.
After any personal injury accident, including a bicycle accident, the victims must prove that the other party was negligent and that the accident could have been avoided if they had been careful. To prove negligence, you will require presentable evidence to the insurance company and in court. While you are injured and recover, your attorney can work with other professionals to collect evidence to prove the at-fault party’s negligence.
The insurance company will try to offer lowball settlements.
In most cases, the insurance company’s primary aim is to find loopholes in your claim and reduce your settlement amount. If they know you are the victim and deserve higher compensation, they will go beyond their ways to reduce your compensation amount to save the insurance company’s money. Therefore, a single mistake or word of mouth can hurt your case.
Fortunately, an attorney can assist you with the do’s and don’ts of the claim, so you do not commit any mistakes. Furthermore, when the insurance company offers lowball settlement offers, your attorney will be the best aid to guide you on whether you should accept the settlement or demand more. In case you deserve more, your attorney will conduct the negotiation process with the insurance adjuster.
Your attorney can take your case to court.
While most cases are settled out of court, you can file a lawsuit and take your case to court if you and the insurance company cannot come to a mutual settlement offer. The jury will decide the liability and compensation amount. Since litigation can be lengthy, your attorney can represent your case and ensure you get fair compensation.