In a personal injury case involving a bicycle accident, there unfortunately exists a natural predisposition against the cyclist (the same can be said of motorcycle accident claims). People may have a bias to think that the person riding the bike was at-fault for being in the road. Therefore, it is important to make sure your rights are protected by an experienced Austin personal injury attorney. If you are wondering what will negatively affect your bicycle accident claim, read this article and then contact trial lawyer Daniel R. Smith for expert legal advice.
What Will Negatively Affect My Bicycle Accident Claim? | Delayed Medical Treatment
The first common mistake that people make is they delay seeking medical treatment, and they also fail to follow the doctor’s orders. That’s the biggest mistake because that can hurt your chance at a full recovery. Beyond that, the insurance company is also going to look at it as if you didn’t seek medical treatment right away or you didn’t follow up with the doctors, then you must not have been hurt that badly.
What Will Negatively Affect My Bicycle Accident Claim? | Speaking to an Insurance Adjuster
Another mistake that people make is they give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster. The insurance adjuster is there not to fairly compensate you, but to limit the exposure of the insurance company and pay as little as possible.
What Will Negatively Affect My Bicycle Accident Claim? | Hiring an Attorney Too Late
Next, people delay in hiring an attorney to represent them. If someone delays in hiring an attorney, then it’s difficult for that attorney to fully investigate that claim. Witnesses will go missing or forget things. Related to that, people hire the wrong attorney. You need to hire an attorney who has a large part of their practice devoted to personal injury litigation and has experience in bicycle accidents. Also, that attorney needs to be a trial attorney. Insurance companies on the other side know who the trial attorneys are, and, in turn, they’ll offer a more reasonable settlement. If, for whatever reason, you don’t get a reasonable settlement offer in your case, you’ll still be prepared to go to trial and get the best result possible.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured while riding a bike and have questions about what mistakes to avoid after a bicycle accident? Contact our experienced Austin bicycle accident lawyer at The Law Office of Daniel R. Smith today for a free consultation and case evaluation.