Did you or a loved one get hurt while riding your bike? Read these 3 bicycle accident tips, then call our Tampa Bay bicycle accident lawyers.
1. Mistakes to Avoid After a Bicycle Accident
A common mistake that people make in response to being injured while operating bicycles is that they don’t contact a lawyer quickly enough. It is critical that they do so. Our firm is exceedingly responsive to the client who comes in after having suffered a bicyclist injury. The reason we do that is because we know that there is evidence that can be lost unless we vigorously and quickly investigate what that evidence is to support the claim.
Another common mistake is the bicyclist injury client doesn’t select the right firm. It is critical that the person who’s been injured while riding a bicycle selects a firm that knows about how to prove the case in court, how to gather that evidence to put that proof together, and of course, knows the laws that are governing traffic.
The worst common mistake is the bicyclist injury client doesn’t get medical care right away. Most of the claims where somebody’s been injured on a bicycle are because they’ve been injured by the negligence of a motorist. That means that Florida automobile no-fault law provides a manner of paying for the medical care. They’ll either get their medical bills paid through their own automobile insurance or if they don’t own a car, from the automobile insurance of the car that hit them. It would be paid right away which affords the injured client to get medical care the day of the injury. Those are the three common mistakes that we see.
2. Choosing a Bicycle Accident Lawyer
I’m asked many times, “What are the most important things to look for in an attorney if I’ve been injured in a bicycle accident?” You have to look to the reputation of the firm and the experience of the lawyer. You have to look to see what their track record is and if they are actually embedded in the community. Those are the things that you want to look at. Our firm tries cases in this community and stands up to insurance companies when they don’t want to do the right thing and pay a proper compensation.
It’s important for you to know that our firm will be with you every step of the way.
3. Bicycle Accident Claims
People often ask how a bicycle claim is different than a car accident. It’s an interesting question because, on the one hand, there are certain similarities that a bicycle claim has to a car accident case. There’s a four-year statute of limitations. We still have the same burden of proving negligence. It’s also different because, in Florida, motor vehicles have a reasonability to watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists. It’s really important that you talk to an experienced trial attorney who can take on the case, gather the evidence, and properly prosecute the claim.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured while riding a bike in Florida and have more questions relating to what you should know about your bicycle accident?
Contact our dedicated Clearwater bicycle accident attorneys at Perenich Law Injury Attorneys today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.