Not necessarily. If you were hurt in a bicycle crash caused by another person or company's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for a wide range of losses, including related medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages.
However, if you're worried that taking legal action to seek compensation for damages means ending up in a courtroom, there's good news: Most bicycle accident cases settle out of court. That's not surprising, considering these agreements often benefit plaintiffs and defendants. Settlements spare both parties the potential for a costly and lengthy trial, as well as help them avoid unwanted publicity and an unpredictable outcome.
Though out-of-court settlements are common and in some cases preferable, they're not always feasible. Profit-focused insurance companies may deny valid claims, decline to make a settlement offer, or refuse to provide reasonable compensation for your injuries and losses. These are just a few of the reasons why having experienced legal representation is essential for bicycle accident victims.
A knowledgeable personal injury attorney levels the playing field between you and the insurance company, or you and the defendant's legal team. Your legal counsel will thoroughly investigate your case, gather evidence, identify liable parties, review and evaluate settlement offers, and aggressively negotiate on your behalf. If the other side refuses to be reasonable and offer a fair settlement, your attorney should also be ready and willing to take your case to trial if doing so is in your best interest.
Let Our Experienced Legal Team Handle Your Bike Crash Claim
Bicyclists lack any external protection and as a result, the injuries—as well as the potential financial damages—in bicycle accident cases tend to be significant. At Rechtman & Spevak, our skilled personal injury attorneys will help you protect your rights and maximize the value of your claim. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free, initial consultation.