Puyallup Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Riding a bike is both good for your health and good for the environment. However, bicyclists are vulnerable road users. In other words, they are less protected and more susceptible to severe injury in a crash. Calling a Puyallup bicycle accident lawyer is a good idea whenever you’ve been the victim of a collision.

You can rely on the experienced, caring team at Ladenburg Law. We work on a contingency basis, which means you only pay us if we’re able to win you a settlement.

Bicycle Crash Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration (NHTSA) compiles data about crash trends. Some of the findings about bicycle wrecks are sobering:

  • 20% of traffic fatalities are pedestrians, cyclists, and other nonoccupants
  • Over 800 bicyclists are killed each year
  • 49,000 cyclists were injured in crashes in 2019, an increase of 2,000 from 2018
  • Cyclist fatalities have increased by 49% in urban areas from 2010 – 2019

Bike accidents are often very costly for victims. Consider, a trip to the emergency room can run up thousands of dollars in medical bills. And if you need to stay at the hospital or require surgery? The bills will start to pile up. This is one reason why it’s important to have a qualified injury lawyer on your side.

Why Bike Crashes Occur

There are many situations that could lead to a bike crash. We’ll categorize the most likely scenarios:

  • Driver error. Often, a driver is to blame. A driver can misjudge a cyclist’s speed or distance. A driver could be intoxicated, speeding, or distracted. Sometimes, drivers just aren’t paying attention and miss seeing the cyclist altogether.
  • Bicyclist error. To be sure, the cyclist could be partly or completely to blame. Cyclists are obligated to follow traffic safety laws. In addition, a cyclist could contribute to their crash by failing to yield, not wearing a helmet, or neglecting necessary bike maintenance.
  • Bicycle defect. While uncommon, it’s possible that a crash could be the result of a bike defect. For instance, there could be a design flaw with the braking system.
  • Road hazards. Cities must keep roads reasonably maintained or warn road users of dangers.

The first step to understanding if you have a personal injury case is to determine who was negligent. The negligent party could be held responsible for your medical bills and missed wages.

How a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer Helps

We hope that you’ve never had to work with an injury attorney and that after this – you’ll never have to work with one again. Understandably, you might want to know if you have a case, or how we can help.

Here are the basic services we provide our clients:

  • Determine liability. Our first step is to determine who’s responsible for your injuries. You might be surprised to learn that sometimes there may be more more than one at-fault party. Rest assured, we will pursue all sources of compensation on your behalf.
  • Handle all aspects of the claims process. The moment we decide to work together, the insurance company will stop calling you. We’ll make sure to file all the paperwork and meet all the deadlines.
  • Investigate evidence and build your case. We will gather evidence to support your injury claim. This could include police reports, doctor reports, and witness and expert testimony.
  • Negotiate on your behalf. Once we have a good understanding of the value of your case, we’ll get to work negotiating a fair settlement.

In the event we feel we can obtain a better settlement for you in the courtroom, we’ll let you know. At Ladenburg Law, we won’t hesitate to file a lawsuit if negotiations aren’t moving in the right direction.

Perhaps the best benefit is peace of mind. Focus on your healing; let us deal with the legal stress.

Got Questions? We Got Answers

We know that every case is different, and you likely have questions that we didn’t address on this webpage. Why not reach out to a Puyallup bicycle accident lawyer from our team? There’s never a charge to call us to see if you have a case. And remember, we’ll only charge a fee if we’re successful in securing you a settlement.

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