Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Manassas Park
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A bicycle accident can uproot your life in a mere second. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a bicycle accident, you may be wondering where to go from here. Although recovering from this traumatic event is always the first priority, you likely have questions about how to pay for this recovery and any other losses you suffered.
Attorney Jim Parrish of the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC has extensive experience in helping bicycle accident victims recover compensation. If you would like to discuss your options with a bicycle accident lawyer in Manassas Park, call 571-229-1800.
What Can I Recover in a Bicycle Accident Claim?
Bicycle operators are entitled to occupy the same road space as motor vehicles, but they lack the protections of bumpers, airbags, and 4,000 pounds of metal. This often leads to catastrophic injuries that require prolonged medical care and create a list of extensive damages.
The expenses and losses that a bicycle accident victim can recover compensation for might include:
- Hospital stays
- Surgery expenses
- Physician, chiropractic, or acupuncture bills
- Physical therapy
- Prescription and over-the-counter medication
- Travel expenses to receive treatment
- Household or vehicle adaptations if required to accommodate a disability
- Lost wages or self-employment income
- Costs of contractors or household service providers for services you can no longer perform yourself
- Lost opportunities for retirement or pension income
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- “Pain and suffering” and inconvenience
- Bicycle replacement
- Medical equipment (such as a wheelchair)
A claimant or plaintiff has the right to seek future damages as well as damages from the time of the accident to the present. A vocational evaluation can help an insurance company or court determine what, if any, effects the accident will have on future earnings. Likewise, medical evaluations can establish the impact of the accident on future health needs.
A plaintiff might be entitled to punitive damages if the motor vehicle operator’s actions were especially reckless or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
It is not easy to measure noneconomic damages (such as “pain and suffering”). We work with experts to determine both the mental and physical effects of your injuries.
Who Might Be Liable for My Injuries?
The most common liable party in a bicycle accident is usually a driver and/or the driver’s employer if he is on the job. Drivers can cause bicycle accidents by:
- Refusing to yield the right-of-way to bicyclists
- Entering a bicycle lane
- Parking in a bicycle lane
- Opening doors without checking for cyclists (also called “dooring”)
However, this is not the only liable party. You might be able to hold a government entity liable if any of the following caused your accident:
- Road hazards such as potholes or broken asphalt
- Faulty traffic signals
- Dangerously designed roadways
What Do I Need to Prove to Recover Compensation?
You carry the burden of proof when you file a claim. What this means is that you must be able to prove the other side caused your bicycle accident and injuries.
When it comes to liability, the insurance company’s go-to argument is contributory negligence. Virginia has a strict contributory negligence statute, which can make recovering compensation very difficult if you contributed in any way to the accident.
Your best bet is to deflect any accusations of fault and strengthen your case against the at-fault party.
This is almost impossible for the average citizen to do; it is especially difficult when you are recovering from serious injuries. That is why the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC handles it for you.
When it comes to dealing with insurance companies, having knowledgeable counsel on your side is critical. There are many loopholes and tactics that the insurance company uses to reduce or deny your settlement.
Attorney Jim Parrish, of the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, is a former insurance defense agent, which means he knows these tactics. Several years ago, he switched gears to right the wrongs insurance companies tend to inflict on victims to protect the company’s profit margins.
Jim has knowledge from the inside on how insurance companies work, which he uses to his clients’ advantage. He can use this information to poke holes in the insurance company’s attack or build his own attack against the other side.
What Can I Expect From the Claims Process?
Rather than denying the bicycle accident claim right away an insurance company for the other party may operate quickly to settle it by paying a low amount, before you fully understand the extent of your injuries and whether they are likely to have permanent effects. It may also try to settle before you talk to an attorney, or attempt to persuade you against hiring one. In most cases, an adjuster will also attempt to trick you into admitting fault for the accident.
Do not accept the first settlement from an insurance company.
Do not speak with the insurance adjuster.
We will look over the settlement, determine what it is missing and negotiate until your settlement covers everything it should. We will also handle all communication with the insurer to ensure you do not say anything that could jeopardize your claim.
In some cases, the insurer will refuse to offer you a fair settlement. If this is the case, we can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. While this might prompt the insurer to offer you a fair settlement, we will ensure your case is ready for court, if need be.
Start Your Bicycle Accident Claim Today.
If you have been contemplating a claim to recover compensation for your injuries, you are a phone call away from getting started. The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC fights for maximum compensation in bicycle accident cases and looks forward to your call.
Contact us today at 571-229-1800.