According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thousands of bicyclists are injured in the United States each year. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you have the right to seek compensation from the liable party.
A bicycle accident lawyer in Fort Wayne from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. can stand by your side to fight for your right to recover compensation. We understand that even if you take the proper safety precautions, you can still get hit and suffer injuries while riding your bicycle. If you are dealing with the aftereffects of an injury because of someone else’s negligence, let us handle the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing from your injuries.
How Can a Fort Wayne Bicycle Accident Lawyer Help Me?
A bicycle accident lawyer from our team will gather evidence to support your case and put a fair value on your losses before filing a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
The benefits of utilizing a lawyer, however, go beyond filing a claim and gathering evidence. Your lawyer will also:
- Assist you through the process with insurance companies. Insurance companies may try to give a low offer. We can advocate for you and help guide you through the settlement process to ensure you are compensated fairly.
- Investigate your accident. We gather as much information as possible to help us during negotiations. We work to prove the at-fault party is liable for the accident.
- Support you through the process and aggressively advocate for you to receive a fair settlement. We can represent you in a lawsuit if necessary.
Hiring a lawyer allows you to get your case handled efficiently while you focus on the road to recovery.
What to Expect After You Hire a Lawyer
Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. will help you through the steps of the personal injury claims process while you focus on recovery. Here’s what you can expect:
- Hire an attorney after determining they are the right fit through a consultation.
- The lawyer begins working on your case. This includes investigating the claim. During the investigation, we can interview and gather as much information as possible. One way we do this is by reviewing medical records or reviewing the police report.
- We reach the settlement phase, where our attorneys can meet with the opposing party to discuss a settlement agreement.
- We can file a lawsuit if a settlement isn’t reached.
We Understand the Effects of Your Bicycle Accident – and Can Seek Damages
Injuries resulting from your bicycle accident can range in severity and location. For example, you could suffer from head injuries, facial injuries, strains, fractures, or broken bones. These could all be severe and take time to adequately heal. You may even suffer from a traumatic brain injury, whether you were wearing a helmet or not. You could even face post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), leaving you with psychological challenges after the crash.
Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. understands the trauma a bicycle accident can cause. This drives us to aggressively fight for your rights and pursue the full amount of compensation you deserve for your losses—allowing your focus to be on the road to recovery.
Types of Compensation You Could Recover
Depending on your unique losses after the accident, you could recover several forms of compensation for your damages, such as:
- Medical costs
- Income losses
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Wrongful death damages (if you lost a loved one to an accident)
It’s hard to put a monetary value on these losses when you represent yourself. You also have to deal with the aftermath of the accident. Hiring a lawyer to identify your losses and demonstrate their value can alleviate some of your stress. A Fort Wayne bicycle accident lawyer can help you fight for your rights while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Can I Afford a Fort Wayne Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
Initial consultations are free and always confidential with Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. This case evaluation will allow us to have a thorough conversation, providing us with information on how to best serve you. Pursuing representation will allow you to seek the appropriate compensation for your damages. Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. takes no fee unless we win your case.
During our initial agreement, we can discuss all legal fees.
You do not have to pay any money in advance to get started on your case. Instead, you can use a contingency-fee agreement. A contingency agreement allocates the final compensation amount from your settlement.
Do not let the fear of paying legal fees deter you from seeking representation. If you don’t win, you don’t pay.
At Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., We Have Your Best Interest in Mind After a Crash
Our personal injury lawyer knows how to offer each client personalized attention. When you work with our team, you won’t feel like your case is a number. We work hard to support you from start to finish of your case and seek the maximum compensation available.
Clients that have used Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. can attest to the service we can provide you. Consider these selected reviews from past clients:
“I came to the Sevenish Law Firm after his office was recommended to me. I had visited another lawyer but felt that he did not understand bicycling. Randy himself came to the site of the accident to get a feel for the area and road conditions. His office handled my suit very professionally. His staff was in contact with me at every opportunity and made me feel very comfortable. They came across as very concerned for me as a person and as a client… I would highly recommend the Sevenish Law Firm and staff.”
“I would not be where I am today without Sevenish. Without them, I would have got NOTHING. Instead, I now have a 6 Figure check. Make sure you use the right firm. The staff treats you like family. They are the best of the best. Please do yourself a favor, Make the right choice! You will be glad you did.”
How Quickly do I Need to Act After My Bicycle Accident?
You want to act as quickly as possible. If there are witnesses, their memories and clear details begin to blur the longer you wait.
You must also act quickly to ensure you meet the statute of limitations. In Indiana, IC § 34-11-2-4 says you have two years from the accident date to file a lawsuit. Contacting an attorney’s team soon after the accident can help to give them more time to prepare.
Two years may seem like a long time, but it can go quicker than you think. Sometimes negotiating and reaching a settlement with the insurance company can take months. It’s important that you file your case as quickly as possible to meet the statute of limitations time limit.
Potential Causes of a Bicycle Accident in Indiana
While riding your bike on a public road, many different conditions can lead to a bicycle accident. Our attorneys can investigate how your crash happened and hold all liable parties accountable.
Negligent Drivers Can Cause Crashes
There are numerous ways drivers can cause a bike accident. For example, drivers may:
- Change lanes dangerously
- Drive without checking for bicycles on the road
- Drive onto bike routes or shoulders
- Drive while distracted
Putting your safety at risk can easily lead to life-threatening injuries.
Areas With High Potential for Accidents
Urban settings like Fort Wayne feature high-traffic areas involving a high volume of vehicles. Major highways that allow for faster speed limits increase the danger for bicyclists in the event of a crash.
If poor road conditions led to your accident, we may be able to hold a government entity accountable. If a driver’s recklessness or speeding was the cause, we can seek compensation from the driver.
Call Us Today for Your Free Consultation After a Bicycle Accident
Ensure your rights are protected by contacting a Fort Wayne bicycle accident lawyer’s team at Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, you can reach out to our team by calling, texting, or completing a free case evaluation form on our website.