Bicycle accidents often result in serious injuries. These include traumatic
brain injuries, paralysis, lacerations, contusions, internal hemorrhaging,
spinal cord injuries, and other trauma. Many bicycle accidents are caused
by driver recklessness or failure to exercise proper caution on the road.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you will need to seek
medical attention as soon as possible and hire an experienced personal
injury attorney who can fight on your behalf.
What Does the Bicycle Accident Lawsuit Process Entail?
The first step in the process of seeking justice is to file a personal
injury lawsuit against the defendant. This will have to be done within
the time limit, known as the statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute
of limitations is 4 years from the date of the accident. If your claim
is filed after the deadline, it will likely be denied.
Your lawyer will investigate the situation by examining medical records
and police reports, and will gather evidence to build your case. Once
the lawsuit is filed on your behalf, the discovery process will begin.
This may involve collecting witness statements, reviewing medical records,
and using expert witnesses and accident reconstruction teams if necessary
to determine the facts of the crash and how much compensation you may
be entitled to.
After the discovery process is complete and all the evidence has been examined,
the settlement procedure will begin. The insurance adjuster may offer
an initial settlement, and your attorney will be able to negotiate a fair
settlement amount. If the insurance company disputes the claim or will
not agree to a fair settlement, the case will go to trial, where a court
verdict will determine a compensation award. Depending on the situation,
you may be able to receive a settlement for medical bills, lost wages,
pain and suffering, property damage, and other expenses.
Our firm provides diligent representation to clients who have been injured
in a variety of accidents, including bicycle crashes. Contact us
today to discuss your case with one of our knowledgeable legal advocates
in a free consultation.