Learn about key points to consider when choosing a bicycle accident attorney
An accident involving a motor vehicle and a bicycle can result in severe injuries for the cyclist. Even if you or your loved one is safety conscious and wear protective gear such as a helmet, it’s still possible to receive debilitating injuries if an accident occurs.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bicycle due to someone else’s negligence, you should consult a qualified bicycle accident lawyer to handle your case.
How do you know which attorney to choose, you may wonder? Here are some key points to consider
Interview several attorneys and ask about their experience handling bicycle accident cases. An attorney who specializes in bicycle accidents will know and understand what Federal and/or state laws apply to your case. In addition, an experienced attorney will know to look for other factors that could have played a role in the accident, such as a dangerous road or improper signage. It could be where you or your loved one was injured has a history of bad accidents. An experienced bicycle attorney will know what to look for in your particular case, and be your advocate in getting you the compensation you deserve.
Ask any potential attorney you are interviewing how many bicycle cases they have handled. Find out how many bicycle injury cases they’ve taken to trial and how many they’ve settled out of court, as well as the value of verdicts and settlements they have won for past clients. This is important because an attorney with little trial experience will settle with insurance companies. This could be detrimental to your case because you may not be receiving all the monetary compensation you rightfully deserve. Trials have a set of rules, and how much compensation you may receive could depend on how adept your attorney is in knowing the rules that are present during a trial.
It’s important for you to know if your attorney has the financial resources to take your case all the way to trial. For example, expert medical witnesses may need to be brought in to assist with your case. These expert witnesses may charge $1,000.00 a day or more. If an attorney doesn’t have the financial resources to take your case to trial, you may want to move on to a different attorney.
It is extremely important that you get along with any attorney and their staff, especially when you are dealing with a bicycle accident case. Make sure that they will respond to you in a reasonable amount of time. It’s also important that the attorney is aware of your individual needs, and that they explain the legal process in language you understand so you can make the right decisions regarding your case. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something.
Choosing the right bicycle accident attorney for you or your loved one is vital in making sure you or your loved one gets all the monetary damages due to you. To learn more about working with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker on your case, contact us at 800-333-0000 today for a free consultation.