Not all bicycle accidents are the same. And not all bicycle accident attorneys are the same, either!
We all had the childhood experience of falling off our bikes and skinning our knees and elbows. But what happens when you or a family member are killed or seriously injured in a bicycle crash as a result of the negligence of a motorist? What happens when your bicycle accident results in injuries that prevent you from returning to work? What happens when your medical bills from a bike accident run into the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars? Who pays for it all?
At Schwartz & Schwartz, we have trial lawyers who are former competitive cyclists. Our lawyers are well versed in the laws relating to a car vs. bicycle accidents and can help answer your questions about your cycling accident personal injury case. We will:
- Help you make sure your medical bills are paid by the appropriate insurance company
- Help you recover lost wages while you are unable to work after your bicycle accident
- Deal with the insurance companies and their requests for information and documentation so that you can focus on your rehabilitation and recovery from injury
- Make sure you are seeing the best doctor for your specific type of injury
- Guide you through the lawsuit process and help you win your trial if a fair settlement is not offered by the at-fault party’s insurance company.
If you or a family member were injured or killed in a bicycle accident, contact us for a free consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions about Bicycle Accident Cases
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Lawyer for a Bicycle Accident Case?
We offer a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers if you were injured or if your family member was killed in a bicycle accident. That way, it costs you nothing to learn more about your legal rights. If we accept your case, we will take the case on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing upfront. Instead, the attorney’s fee is taken out of the settlement or award at the end of the case.
Can I have a bicycle accident case even if I was partially at fault?
Whether you can have a lawsuit case after a biking accident even if you were partially at fault depends on the facts of your case and the jurisdiction where the accident happened. In most states in the U.S., you can still win or settle your case even if you were in part at fault for causing the accident. If you are concerned that your own fault may bar your claim or case, you should not give up! Instead, you should consult with an attorney and review all the facts and circumstances to get a legal opinion on the viability of the case.
What are the most common injuries in bicycle accident cases?
Bike accident cases often involve:
- Closed head injuries such as concussions and traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones – broken collarbones, fractures of the bones of the arms, hips, and legs, and less commonly pelvic fractures and coccyx or tailbone fractures
- Ligament and tendon injuries to the knees, hands, and wrists
- Lacerations and abrasions to the hips, knees, legs, hands, and arms.
What is the time limit for filing a lawsuit in a bike accident case?
The time limit on a bicycle accident case varies from state to state. For example, the statute of limitations on a biking accident case in Delaware may often be two years, while the statute of limitations on a bike accident case in Maryland may often be three years. But there is more to worry about than just the statute of limitations. For example, the city or municipal government where the accident occurred may have caused or contributed to the accident. If so, the government’s notice provision may severely limit the time in which a claim may be filed. In Delaware, for example, municipal notice provisions may limit claims to one year from the date of the injury. So you should speak to an attorney as soon after the accident as you are able.