Did you or a loved one get hurt while riding your bike? Read these 4 bicycle accident tips, then call our Arizona bicycle accident lawyers to get started.
1) After a Bicycle Accident
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle crash in the state of Arizona, there are a few things that you will want to do fairly quickly. First thing is make sure you take care of your health. Get to the medical providers that you need to see, do what they recommend, follow their instructions, and do everything you can to get yourself back to the same way you were before the crash. You also want to do whatever you can to take photographs of the scene or have somebody do that for you. Show the positions of the vehicle and bike as well as the location on the roadways. Make sure you document as much of that as possible. It’s a good idea to hire an attorney quickly so they can help in the preservation of that evidence. Witnesses, documents, photographs, and electronic data tends to disappear. You want to get what you can or have an attorney assist you with preserving that evidence.
It’s also very important that you hire an attorney who is experienced with bicycle crashes, deals with them regularly, and has dealt with them successfully. Hire somebody who knows how to handle a case from beginning to end, and will take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that you get a fair resolution.
2) Choosing a Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you’re in the state of Arizona and you’ve been injured in a bicycle crash, you may be trying to figure out how to hire the right attorney for your case. You want to look at an attorney who has experience handling bicycle crashes, understands the complexity of it, and is able to deal with those issues against the insurance companies. You want somebody who focuses their practice on personal injury, including bicycle crashes because you have to have a knowledge of all the laws that deal with that. You can’t do that if you’re dabbling with it.
Also, I recommend that you look at getting a trial attorney. You want to let the insurance companies know that, if this matter can’t get settled fairly for a fair value, we’re willing to take the case to trial to get what is far. If you have a trial attorney involved early on, you can prepare the case as if you’re going to trial and let them know that you’re not afraid to do that.
3) Bicycle Accident Attorney Fees
If you’ve been involved in a bicycle crash in the state of Arizona, you probably have a lot of questions. One of them may be about how affordable an attorney is for your case. The good news for you is if you hire us, there is no fee upfront. As we progress through the case, we’re covering all of the costs, whether we settle it at a settlement stage, go to litigation, or all the way through a trial. You don’t pay anything until we get a fair resolution of your claim.
4) Bicycle Accident Recorded Statement
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle crash in the state of Arizona, you’ll get a call from an insurance adjuster wanting to take a recorded statement. I’m asked all the time if somebody has to give that recorded statement. I generally recommend that you not give a recorded statement to an insurance company until you’ve had the opportunity to talk to or meet with an attorney. The insurance adjusters are trained to get information and get answers that help their case while hurting yours. For that reason, I recommend that you not give the statement.
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