With Russell and Hill, PLLC, you can be confident that our attorneys are devoted to assisting clients in recovering and receiving the maximum compensation for all their hospital bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, future medical needs, and any other damages that are related to a bicycle accident.
Do not allow the insurance company to take advantage of you. The insurance company’s utmost goal is to pay the injured person the lowest amount possible. Bicycle accidents can be abrupt and confusing accidents for their victims. When a cyclist is struck by a car, they have no barriers of protection. As a result, these accidents are frequently more catastrophic in terms of injuries the cyclists sustain. It is appropriate to be concerned about who will be responsible for paying your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages that have been incurred.
The weather is getting nicer, and we all want to be outside. Although riding a bicycle to get around Lynnwood, Washington is typically an option that’s beneficial to one’s health and finances, that can change if you are ever involved in a bicycle accident.
You may be a careful bicyclist. However, it’s still possible to be involved in an accident if someone else is negligent.
Cyclists are scarily vulnerable in accidents with motor vehicles. Most standard cars and trucks weigh in around 4,000 pounds or more, have protection in the form of tempered glass, front and rear ends that absorb impact, airbags, seat belts and antilock brakes.
Cyclists have absolutely none of these safety features, and a helmet can only do so much. Helmets and visibility enhancing components such as reflectors or blinking lights won’t be of any assistance when an automobile collides with a cyclist.
While the driver is not in any danger in a bicycle accident, the person outside of the car will face severe consequences. Each year, hundreds of bicycle accidents take place in Lynnwood. Particularly, dangerous roads such as Highway 2, the Everett-Bothell Highway, Highway 99, and Highway 9 are very hazardous to bicyclists.
If you are a cyclist that has been involved in a recent bicycle accident, our attorneys will be able to assist you in receiving appropriate health care and conducting a thorough investigation of the accident and its cause. In addition, we will partner with your doctor or other medical experts to properly demonstrate the full magnitude of your injuries and your losses.
Bicycle accidents can happen in Lynnwood for a number of reasons. Sometimes, no one is to blame when a bicycle accident occurs.
However, in many instances, a bicycle accident is the result of someone’s negligence. Careless motorists in particular can put bicyclists with whom they share the road at risk of being injured.
Examples of negligent behavior a driver may engage in that can result in a Lynnwood bicycle accident include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:
Although the negligent parties responsible for causing Lynnwood bicycle accidents tend to be motorists, there are instances when this is not the case.
Consider the fact that a bicycle has many moving parts. If one of those parts is defective, an accident can occur. When a defective component causes a bicycle accident, the liable parties responsible for providing a victim with compensation may include the vehicle’s careless designers, manufacturers, or both.
In some rare cases, motor vehicle defects can also cause bicycle accidents. For example, perhaps a driver attempts to stop and allow a bicyclist to proceed through an intersection, but they are unable to do so because the designers or manufacturers of their car overlooked a brake defect.
Bicycle accidents can even happen when local government agencies are negligent. If the agency responsible for maintaining safe roads fails to identify and eliminate a hazardous condition in a timely manner, a bicyclist may be harmed in an accident as a result of their negligence.
This highlights one of the numerous reasons it is important to enlist the help of a Lynnwood bicycle accident law firm when a victim plans on seeking compensation. In order to recover compensation, they must file a claim or lawsuit against the party whose negligence genuinely caused their accident.
Identifying who that party is may require conducting an investigation. A Lynnwood bicycle accident attorney can conduct such an investigation on your behalf. With this investigation, they will also gather sufficient evidence to demonstrate that your accident almost certainly would not have occurred had it not been for the liable party’s negligence.
Some Washington auto insurance policies offer personal injury protection (PIP) to cover bicyclists who have been injured. We are able to help guide you through the PIP claim process
By sorting out all the appropriate insurance questions, our attorneys can pursue recovery via the at-fault driver’s auto insurance, or through any other means of available insurance coverage.
Additionally, we can represent you in whichever insurance claim disputes arise, including bad faith insurance claim denials. It is unfortunately fairly common for insurance companies to attempt to deny claims if they can find reasons for doing so. When this is impossible, they may nevertheless attempt to convince a victim to settle for a low offer. We will negotiate accordingly to optimize your chances of recovering the compensation you are owed.
If a bicycle accident in the state of Washington or Oregon has affected you, get in touch with one of our attorneys to learn more about what rights you have in the bicycle accident. Complete our free bicycle accident consultation form, or reach us directly through our toll-free number of 800-529-0842 in order to arrange your free initial consultation.
If you been affected by or involved in a bicycle accident, seek legal assistance from one of our talented, experienced, and aggressive attorneys. We provide effective legal service to clients in Washington and Oregon, and we have offices located in Everett, Vancouver, Spokane, and Portland. Call us today toll-free at 800-529-0842 to arrange a free initial consultation or by filling out our free bicycle accident consultation form.