Have you been injured in a bicycle accident? Read our 4 bicycle accident recommendations for you, then call our Southwest Florida lawyers now.
1) Insurance Investigation
Hire a personal injury attorney as quickly as you can so that the attorney can help you with communications involving the insurance company. Unfortunately, we oftentimes see insurance companies put words in people’s mouth or try to get them to settle their cases early on before they really know the full extent of their injuries and damages. For that reason, it’s important to get someone who specializes in personal injury but also specializes in bicycle accidents to help you with your case. Unfortunately, in bicycle accident cases, there’s often situations where they will try to blame the bicyclist.
2) Partial Fault
One of the things that we often see unfortunately with cases involving bicyclists is that there’s often an effort to try to blame the bicyclist for a crash. That’s why you need an attorney representing you as soon as possible after the crash so that an investigation can be done and that someone is fighting for you from the beginning to make sure that you’re properly compensated for your damages.
3) Mistakes After a Claim To Avoid
Some of the most common mistakes that we see people make when they’re involved in a bicycle accident case in Florida is Number One, not hiring a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It’s important to hire an attorney as soon as possible because you will likely be contacted by insurance companies very soon after the crash. Unfortunately, what we see oftentimes is people give statements or are talked into settling their case very early on before they even know the full extent of their damages. Oftentimes, what insurance company adjustors tell you is not accurate. You need someone fighting for you who is going to represent your interests and your interests alone to recover your damages.
Secondly, the biggest mistake we see people make is with respect to the attorney that they hire. You want to make sure that you hire someone specifically with the knowledge to handle your bicycle accident case. Unfortunately, there are a lot of attorneys out there, but not all of them specialize in personal injury and specifically bicycle accidents. You need someone who has the ability to perform a proper investigation and also potentially hire the experts that are needed if your case needs to be litigated.
4) Case Value
The value of your bicycle accident injury case in Florida can vary. There are certain things that go into determining the value of a case. The factors that we consider when talking about value of a bicycle accident injury case are Number One, is there any dispute about liability? Is there any claim that you were at fault for the crash? If there is, we want to make sure that we have done a proper investigation and hired any experts, if necessary, to try to dispute those claims.
Secondly, the other factor that comes into play when talking about the value of your bicycle accident injury case is the severity of your damages and how you’ve recovered from those injuries. We want to know from your doctors in particular what your injures were, whether they were permanent, and how you’ve recovered from those injuries. Those factors all come into play when talking about the value of your bicycle accident case.
Thirdly, another important thing to consider is whether you have hired an attorney who specializes in personal injury and bicycle accident cases in particular. The reason for that is that insurance companies oftentimes know which attorneys will try a case and which will not try a case. You want an attorney who will try your case because that maximizes the value of your case and maximizes the amount of money that we recover for you.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a bicycle accident in Florida and have questions about our 4 bicycle accident recommendations for you? Contact our experienced Southwest Florida bicycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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