Arcadia is perfect for cyclists, but a cyclist who is involved in a car crash could be seriously injured and left struggling to recover physically, mentally, and financially. In fact, the injuries that could be sustained are so serious that it's a major reason that many bike accidents become a hit and run crash - the motorist often flees the scene to try to avoid responsibility. Your injuries can leave you with mounting debt, but our lawyers will stand up and fight for you. We make them pay, getting you what you deserve so you can heal and move on.
Can You Seek Compensation?
In order to file an Arcadia bike accident lawsuit, your attorney will have to show that the accident you were involved in wasn't your fault and was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of the driver who hit you. Some examples of what this may include are:
- Drunk driving
- Texting while driving or other distracted driving
- Failure to yield right of way to a cyclist
- Driving while high on drugs
- Failure to follow all applicable traffic laws, signs, and signals
- Failure to maintain a vehicle for safety
The basic guideline is that if the actions of the driver would be considered to be reckless or negligent by any reasonable person, you may have the grounds to file a lawsuit and seek compensation.
What Damages Are You Owed?
Your accident can impact your finances in a number of different ways, and it's important to make sure that your settlement covers them all. The goal is to receive a settlement that puts you back at a place you would have been in had the accident never occurred. Some damages you may receive include:
- Lost wages due to missing work because of your accident
- Future estimated lost wages related to your injuries
- Medical bills from the accident
- Future potential medical bills from the accident
- Compensation for your pain and suffering
- Punitive damages that could be used to punish the responsible party
Some of these factors involve a deeper understanding of the accident's impact on your future. For instance, will your injuries prevent you from receiving a promotion at work? Will future surgeries occur? How many hours will you miss at work due to that?
Our lawyers consult with experts in several fields to develop a clear picture of what the total costs of your accident are, and then use that information to get the settlement that you deserve.
What Will Your Attorney Do?
Just having an attorney on your side is important since it immediately gets you more respect from the other side. Insurance companies and the legal teams for the driver often try to avoid paying victims anything, but when your attorneys on your side have a reputation like ours, most of those bullying tactics stop immediately.
We use a variety of different steps and evidence to prove that you are owed compensation including:
- Witness statements
- Accident reports
- Security camera footage
- Driver histories
- Mobile phone records
- And more
Once we establish that you are owed compensation, we'll gather evidence like that mentioned above and then develop your case. Over the course of the case, we'll negotiate with the other side to try to reach a fair settlement agreement. If one can't be reached, we'll go to court for you and fight for your rights to get compensation. We don't back down until you get what you're owed, and you don't pay us a dime until we win your case.
If you've been injured in an Arcadia bicycle accident and think you deserve compensation, our team is here to help. We'll handle the entire process for you, and fight to get you the most from your case. Contact us today to let us stand up for you.
The lawyers of Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh have the firm belief that justice pays.