When you are involved in a bicycle accident, the first thought that goes through your mind is typically not to call a lawyer. Instead, you likely are thinking about the severity of your injuries, your ability to recover quickly, and the high costs of medical bills. While this is a normal reaction to a significant accident, you also should consider the merits of contacting a bicycle accident lawyer for advice.
Injuries sustained in a bicycle accident often are more severe than if you were involved in a car accident. With nothing to shield or protect you from the impact of a vehicle while riding a bike, you are more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries. Your prognosis for those injuries also may not be immediately evident. It may take days, weeks, or even months to determine the full extent of your injuries. For instance, a traumatic brain injury takes significant amounts of time to heal, and doctors may be unable to forecast when or if you will recover completely. Given the potential severity and uncertainty of these injuries, consulting a bicycle accident attorney immediately following your accident may be wise.
You also should keep in mind that you may not be thinking clearly following an accident. You likely are experiencing a great deal of pain and stress after a major accident. You may be taking medications that cloud or impair your judgment. At the same time, an insurance company representing the driver who caused your accident may be pressuring you to accept a quick settlement or get detailed information from you about the wreck. You often are in no condition to be answering questions or making legal decisions. As a result, having an attorney to represent you and your interests in the days immediately following your accident may be of great benefit to you.
When you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you need an attorney who can stand up for your interests from the outset of your personal injury claim. It is our goal to evaluate the facts and assess your potential claim. This step will allow you to explore your options and help you build the most substantial claim for compensation possible. Do not hesitate to contact Bonnici Law Group at 619-259-5199 today and set up an appointment to speak with us soon.