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Duluth Bicycle Accidents Lawyer
Bike accidents are often severe, with damage that can be long-lasting. The realities of physics and motion are the reason why. The bike may have hit something–such as a car–which is significantly larger. High speed is often involved. All of this is serious enough, but the very nature of bicycling also means that it’s almost impossible for a rider to control their fall. That means spinal cord or head injuries may be more likely.
When these tragedies happen, the injured plaintiff depends on their Duluth bicycle accidents lawyer to secure the kind of settlement that will pay for medical bills, rehab, lost wages and provide some level of compensation for pain and suffering.
The unique backgrounds of our attorneys in are vast and have given them experience in the twin skills of negotiation and litigation. That’s what you need in the fight with insurance companies for a fair settlement. From our Duluth office, Attorney in Tune, LLC serves Lawrenceville, Norcross, all of Gwinnett County and north into Hall County. Call today at (833) 663-7468 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Every case is different, but the prospects of getting a personal injury settlement might well depend on the actions a biker takes in the aftermath of their accident. There are things an injured cyclist should do–presuming they are physically able–and things they should not do.
The immediate aftermath of a bike accident should be handled much like a car accident would be. The police should be called. The reason is that if a lawsuit is filed, the police report can be a valuable source of information. It’s a report of the facts coming from an unbiased source in a position of authority.
Then information should be exchanged with the other person involved, from insurance info to phone numbers. If there are witnesses, get their contact information as well. Take cell phone pictures of the scene. Little things can prove important–for example, skid marks on the road can offer a hint of how fast someone was going.
All of this presumes a cyclist that is conscious and perhaps able to leave the scene when all the appropriate actions described here have been done. The next step is to go see a doctor. The cyclist needs to find out as soon as possible if there are any injuries or concussions that might not have been readily apparent.
All of the information gathered can be turned over to a Duluth bicycle accidents lawyer for follow-up.
Let’s presume the cyclist was able to leave the scene. When they return home from the doctor, they find out that word has spread about their accident. They want to provide reassurances to family and friends. But the cyclist needs to be very careful about who they say “I’m okay” too.
One place “I’m okay” should not be said is on social media. Yes, it’s an easy way to get the word out fast to a lot of people. It’s also something that lawyers for the defendant’s insurance company can access. And the reality is, there are injuries–especially to the head and back–that may not manifest themselves until days after the incident. The cyclist really doesn’t know yet that they’re okay and public proclamations can undermine future efforts at a fair settlement.
If the cyclist had to be hospitalized and the fault of the other party was obvious, the insurance company may approach the injured cyclist with a settlement offer. Do not talk to the insurance carrier–at least not yet. That’s what lawyers are for. Even if the adjuster that comes to see the cyclist seems upstanding and honest, they still represent a client who is trying to settle this accident as quickly–and cheaply–as possible. A Duluth bicycle accidents lawyer, by contrast, wants a settlement that accurately reflects the cost of recovery and rehab.
Attorney in Tune, LLC is in the business of fighting for fair settlements. Our cooperating attorneys are experienced negotiators and litigators who understand what it takes to give an injured cyclist the diligent and zealous representation they deserve. From our Duluth office, we serve Norcross, Lawrenceville, all of Gwinnett County and north into Hall County.
Call today at (833) 663-7468 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.