In the mostly lovely Arizona weather, it is not uncommon to see people choose to ride their bikes to get around. It seems like a cheaper and healthier alternative and it is for the most part, until something goes wrong. Unfortunately, bike accidents happen because not everyone on the road is trustworthy and not every road is easy to share with a bike. It is sad to see these cases because they can be life changing. Our Arizona bike accident attorney will lead you through your case. Please read about your bike accident case, then give us a call to set up a free initial case evaluation to see what steps need to be done to make your case successful.
Common Types of Bike Accident Injuries
Injuries from a bike accident have the potential to put you in the hospital. Sometimes you need a week or two to bounce back to normal, and sometimes your recovery will never take you back to 100%. We take that into consideration when we decide on a number to ask the liable party’s insurance company for. Here are the most common types of bike accident injuries:
- Head injuries (concussion, traumatic brain injury)
- Broken or fractured bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Temporary or permanent nerve/tissue/tendon damage
- Scarring or disfigurement
There is a chance you will be affected by this for the rest of your life. You may have a ton of adrenaline running through your body after the accident and it is not uncommon for the pain of your injuries to be masked. Do not assume that you’re fine. Regardless of what you think you feel, you should get to a physician of some sort. That could be an urgent care, emergency room, or your primary doctor.
Tips to Strengthen Your Case
- Collect Evidence – If you are physically able to stay on the scene of the accident after the dust settles, it is important to collect evidence. You can do this in the form of photos and videos. You should document your bike, the vehicle that hit you, any other vehicles involved in the accident, as well as the overview of the scene. You can also take photos of any visible injuries. You should certainly get the insurance information from the driver(s) who hit you. Lastly, be sure to get contact information from any witnesses to the accident. Their testimony might be the strongest piece of evidence you have. If you are not able to stay on the scene to do this, call on a friend or family member to help you out.
- Do Not Talk to Insurance Adjusters – Shortly after the accident, you will be contacted by a representative of the liable party’s insurance company. They will be looking to get a recorded statement for you. You should never agree to this as they are trained to ask you questions that will be framed in a way that make you seem at fault for the accident. If they pin you for the full blame, you will be barred from receiving compensation. If they pin you for some of the blame, your compensation will be reduced. When they call you, you should turn them away and tell them if they want to ask questions, they can call your attorney.
- Hire an Arizona Bike Accident Attorney – It is kind of foolish to try to represent yourself in this case. You wouldn’t try to fill your own cavity, so you shouldn’t try to be your own attorney. Getting to a good and experienced attorney soon is going to be great for your case.
Statute of Limitations for Arizona
Arizona has a statute of limitations of two years. You may have never heard of the term statute of limitations before. The statute of limitations is the amount of time in which you are eligible to file your bike accident claim or to settle your claim in civil court. You may look at that number and think that you have a ton of time to get the ball rolling. It is not suggested that you wait to talk to an attorney. Life gets busy and it’s easy to put off things when you’re not well. Time get away from you and you don’t want to miss your statute of limitations because you will be barred from compensation altogether. You also do not want to delay talking to an attorney because your evidence may disappear and your witnesses may forget important details.
Frequently Asked Bike Accident Questions
How Do I Pick the Right 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.
What Mistakes Should I Avoid After a Bicycle Accident?
In handling a lot of bicycle crashes, we see people make similar mistakes on a regular basis. Some of those mistakes include giving a recorded statement to the other party insurance company. We see people that don’t go to the doctor and get the medical treatment they need. We see people that don’t follow their doctor’s recommendations once they’ve been to the doctor. They don’t do everything the doctor asks them to do to get better.
One of the issues that we see is they don’t hire an attorney in a timely fashion. They let some of this evidence get away from them before they hire an attorney. It is hard to get that information later.
We see people that hire the wrong attorneys. It’s so important to hire the right attorney, somebody who’s handled bicycle crashes successfully, somebody who deals with that on a regular basis, and somebody who’s a trial lawyer that can take the case as far as it needs to go to get a fair resolution for your case.
What Are My First Steps?
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.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
If you’ve been involved in a bicycle crash in the state of Arizona, you’re probably wondering if you will have to go to trial. That’s hard to tell at the beginning of a case.
We will do everything we can to get a fair offer from the insurance company. As long as they participate and will give us a fair offer that fully resolves the claim, we can get the case resolved in settlement. Most of the cases do get resolved through settlement.
If they’re being unreasonable and won’t make an offer that makes sense, a case may have to go to trial. If it does, one of the things about our firm is we’re trial attorneys. We’re prepared to go to trial, and we will have your case prepared for that.
How Much is My Case Worth?
Someone who has been injured in a bicycle accident in the state of Arizona will probably want to know what the value of their case is.. We won’t be able to know that initially.
We need to get some additional information. We need to know what injuries you suffered, how those injuries are impacting you, what kind of medical treatment you’ve had, and what kind of medical treatment you’re going to have to have going forward. Once we have some of that information and can start compiling that and analyzing that, we can give you a good idea of what your case is worth.
Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?
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.
How Long Will My Case Take?
People will ask me regularly, “How long does it take to settle a bicycle claim in the state of Arizona?” The short answer is that it depends on what the injuries are and what kind of treatment the individual is getting. We have to have an understanding of what the injuries are, what their long-term effect is going to be, what treatment is needed now, and what treatment is going to be needed in the future.
Once we have a good understanding of that information, we can start working with the insurance company to get a fair settlement. If they will make a fair settlement offer, we can get the case resolved fairly quickly. If they don’t want to be fair in their offers and we have to fight more, it’s going to take a longer time.
How Much Does an Attorney Cost?
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.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
You do not have to stand by and suffer the financial burden of your bike accident. Our Arizona bike accident attorneys have the experience and dedication to get your claim through to a successful outcome. You are our priority and we want you to know that. You deserve the fullest and fairest amount of compensation possible and our job is to make sure that is going to happen for you.