Were you severely injured while out on a ride? Learn these 4 things you need to know about bicycle accidents, then call our McAllen attorneys.
1. Settlement Timeline
A bicycle accident claim in the state of Texas is dependent on how badly the person was hurt. If the person was hurt moderately, it could take about a year and a half to resolve the case. If the person was hurt severely, it will probably take longer. The factors that are going to be looked at are going to be the injury, how quickly you heal, and whether or not the insurance company will be fair with you. If the insurance company isn’t fair with you, then we have to file suit. In filing suit, we have to worry about the court’s docket, and then we have to worry about the date the court gives us.
2. Claim Value
In a bicycle accident injury claim, case value is determined by looking at the injury that’s been suffered. The cost of medical care is factored in, as well as whether medical care will be necessary in the future for the accident injuries.
The impact of the accident on the victim’s life is assessed. Do they have an impairment because of their injuries? Will they be dealing with a disability in the future? How will this injury affect the quality of the person’s life?
Income must be addressed, as well as an impact on a person’s earning capacity. Have wages been lost due to the injury, and will they be lost in the future because of impairment or disability?
In addition to these factors, it’s important to address whether the person has suffered disfigurement because of the accident.
One of the benefits of retaining an experienced bike accident lawyer is their skill in making sure every relevant factor is included when we request compensation for your damages.
3. Case Timeline
Your claim’s timeline can be difficult to determine because it will depend in part on whether the insurance company is fair and reasonable about resolving your claim.
Unfortunately, the answer is often “no, they’re not interested in fair and reasonable,” because they’re concerned with saving money by lowering the amount they must pay you. If this is the case, your claim will likely need to go through trial to bring you the compensation you deserve. This costs money and will extend your claim timeline as you wait at the mercy of the courts to assign a trial date.
4. Insurance Investigation
After a bicycle accident injury, it’s never a good idea for the injured cyclist to speak to the insurance company. The best way to receive the compensation you deserve is to retain a bicycle accident lawyer. The lawyer will investigate the claim, gather the evidence, and speak on your behalf to the insurance company.
When you retain a bicycle accident lawyer to handle your claim, you protect the value of your bicycle accident claim.
Have you or a loved one been severely injured from a bicycle accident and have questions about the 4 things you need to know about bicycle accidents?
Contact our experienced McAllen bicycle accident attorneys at the Law Firm of Ricardo A. Garcia today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Let our experience work for you.
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