Lakewood Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Bicyclists are one of the most vulnerable groups on our roads. When a bicyclist is in an accident, the results can be devastating. According to WSDOT, 113 bicyclists were seriously injured or killed in 2019 on Washington State roads. A Lakewood bicycle accident lawyer can help victims of bicycle accidents recover the compensation they deserve. As avid bicyclists ourselves, we also understand the unique considerations and rights of bicyclists.

To get started on your case, schedule a consultation today.

Steps to Take After a Bicycle Crash in Lakewood

Here are some steps to take immediately after a bicycle accident. Of course, your priority should always be getting medical care. If injuries are serious or life threatening, call 911.

  • Get off the road. Make sure to get off the road and to a safe spot until police arrive. Avoid getting hit a second time.
  • Do all you can to get the driver to stay at the scene. Many drivers may attempt to flee the scene or try to leave before police arrive. Make sure to collect their information early in the exchange.
  • Call the police. Have police officers come to the scene. Ask for a copy of their report.
  • Get witness information. If there are any witnesses, ask for their names and numbers.
  • Take photos. Photos can be an important part of building your case. We encourage you to take pictures of your injuries, damage to your bicycle, and crash location. Take photos of anything relevant to the accident, too – such as skid marks, traffic signals, potholes, or weather conditions.
  • Seek medical care. Even if your injuries don’t appear to be serious, see a doctor as soon as possible. Not only does this help your healing, it establishes the basis for your claim.

Please call our Lakewood bicycle attorneys as soon as possible in the process. When we’re involved early on, we have better access to evidence, and can stop the insurance company’s calls.

Handling Hit-and-Run Cases

It is a felony in the State of Washington to hit-and-run. Unfortunately, we regularly hear stories from hit-and-run accident victims.

Our attorneys will do our best to help locate the negligent driver. Even if we are unable to do so, we might be able to file a claim against your own insurance policy. If you have uninsured motorists coverage, we may be able to assist in recovering your damages by filing a claim against your own policy.

Reach out to us if you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run accident so we can explore your legal options.

Bicycle Accidents from Road Conditions or Debris

Road hazards are common causes of bicycle and motorcycle accidents. Who is responsible when this happens?

As with the hit-and-run driver scenario mentioned above, this is where uninsured motorist coverage can help. If you have this coverage, we can help you to file a claim against your own insurance company. In our investigation, we might also discover that a city or other party may be held liable for not addressing known road hazards.

Understanding the Value of your Claim

During your free case evaluation, our attorneys will want to learn more about the losses you’ve faced due to your accident. For instance:

  • Medical bills (this includes anticipated future bills)
  • Lost wages (plus, any missed overtime or bonus opportunities)
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering

Injuries from bicycle accidents can be more severe and catastrophic than auto accidents. Our attorneys will fight for a settlement amount that will fairly compensate you.

Working with a Lakewood Bicycle Accident Attorney

Not all personal injury or car accident lawyers are suited to handle bicycle crash claims. Insurance adjusters often don’t understand their own policies when it comes to paying bicycle victims.

Our attorneys have helped victims of bicycle accidents get the compensation they deserve. We can help you, too. Let us help take some of the burden off your plate so you can focus on your health and healing.

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