Bicycle Accident Lawyer
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Bicycle accidents can be dangerous, painful events that can change your life in an instant. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident that was not your fault, we will do everything we can to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Being in a bicycle accident can be overwhelming as you suddenly have to deal with insurance companies, medical bills, injuries, doctor appointments, and even missing work. Don’t go through this alone. We understand this and we stand by you every step of the way. Give us a call to learn more how we can help guide you through this process. We handle all bicycle accidents on a contingency basis, this means you will not pay anything until we win compensation for you.
With the increasing popularity of bicycling, bicycle accidents happen at alarming rates. There is often a misconception that the bicyclist is at fault, but this is simply wrong as we find that many bicycle accidents are actually caused by the vehicles involved. Although bicycles offer a great way to exercise as well as an eco friendly alternative to commuting, bicycle accidents often result in catastrophic injuries to bikers as a result of the size discrepancy between an automobile and a bicycle. Bicyclists also do not get the added safety benefits of seatbelts and airbags, and often it is the bicyclist who bears the brunt of the impact.
- Bicycle Accident Lawyer
- What To Do After A Bicycle Accident?
- What Damages Can I Recover From A Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
- Who Pays The Medical Bills From My Bicycle Accident?
- Who Is Liable For A Bicycle Accident?
- Do You Need A Bicycle Accident Attorney?
- How Can A Bicycle Accident Attorney Help?
- Bicycle Accident Attorneys in NJ
What To Do After A Bicycle Accident?
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, aside from seeking medical attention, speaking with a well qualified attorney should be the first thing that you do. At McKenna Law, we will immediately perform an investigation to ensure that we obtain and preserve all relevant evidence that you will need in your pursuit of justice. Without consulting with an attorney after an accident, you may lose out on securing that one piece of evidence that is crucial to proving your case. Do not delay in setting up a consultation immediately after an accident, as many pieces of evidence are time sensitive and can be lost for good.
What Damages Can I Recover From A Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
Injuries from bicycle accidents can be devastating and can result in many different types of damages and claims. We will aggressively fight for maximum compensation and depending on the circumstances you may be able to recover the following types of damages:
- Pain And Suffering Damages
- Lost Wages
- Loss Of Future Earning Capacity
- Other Types Of Economic Damages
- Future And Past Medical Expenses
- Emotional Distress Damages
- Property Damage To Your Bicycle and Other Gear
Who Pays The Medical Bills From My Bicycle Accident?
Between an ambulance ride, hospital visit and any follow-up medical treatment required, medical bills can add up quickly after a bicycle accident. Most people assume that the car insurance for the vehicle that caused the accident will pay for their medical bills. It may surprise you to learn that if you are involved in a bicycle accident in New Jersey, it is likely that your own car insurance (if you have car insurance) will be paying for your medical bills. In New Jersey, auto insurance companies are required to provide Personal Injury Protection benefits(PIP) and it is these PIP benefits that provides coverage over medical bills resulting from a bicycle accident, even though your car was not involved.
While not every case is the same, there are other components that factor into finding coverage for your medical bills. For instance, if the vehicle involved is a bus, truck, or other commercial vehicle, you may be able to have your medical bills paid through that vehicle’s auto insurance. Also, if you do not have automobile insurance, you may also be entitled to have your medical bills paid through NJPLIGA or the New Jersey Property-Liability Insurance Guaranty Association, which provides a safety net designed to mitigate the effects of loss on claimants who, through no fault of their own, find themselves without coverage. Do not go through this alone, give us a call to learn how we can help get medical bills paid for.
Who Is Liable For A Bicycle Accident?
The facts and evidence should always determine who is at fault for an accident and that is why it is extremely important to consult with a lawyer as early as possible. The biased and profit-oriented insurance companies should certainly not be the ones determining who is at a fault for an accident. These insurance companies have one goal: profits.
While we understand that police officers try their best in attempting to decide who is at fault for an accident, many times they are simply wrong. The responding police officers rarely ever actually observe the accident and oftentimes rely on the statements of individuals who are willing to lie to avoid fault. Victims of bicycle accidents are often not able to provide a statement to the police after an accident due to their injuries. Police officers are sometimes inexperienced and many times have very little training in accident reconstruction.
It becomes crucial to retain a qualified attorney as soon as possible so that the necessary evidence can be obtained and preserved to prove who was at fault for the accident. At McKenna Law, we immediately investigate an accident in order to obtain all of the crucial evidence that we will need to pursue justice. Oftentimes, when there is a dispute as to who is at fault for an accident, we will retain an accident reconstruction engineer who will utilize the latest advancements in technology to prove who was at fault for the accident through the use of math and science. Utilizing our great network of experts, we rely on experts who are leaders in their industry because you deserve only the best when it comes to getting justice.
Do You Need A Bicycle Accident Attorney?
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, aside from seeking medical attention, speaking with a well qualified attorney should be the first thing that you do. At McKenna Law, all consultations are free and there is no paperwork or contract necessary to consult with one of our attorneys. During that free consultation, we will educate you as to the relevant laws and inform you as to all of your available legal remedies. We will also perform an investigation to ensure that we obtain and preserve all relevant evidence that you will need to in your pursuit of justice. Without consulting with an attorney after an accident, you may lose out on securing the one piece of evidence that is able to prove your case. Do not delay in setting up a consultation immediately after an accident, as many pieces of evidence are time sensitive and can be lost for good. We understand that following an accident many people are bed-ridden or confined to a hospital bed- that is why we offer over-the phone free consultations as well as offering to come to you, whether at the hospital or at your house. Consulting with an attorney after an accident should not be difficult, that is why we promise a quick response and are willing to come to you.
How Can A Bicycle Accident Attorney Help?
At McKenna Law, the first step is to insure that you are educated about all of your legal rights so that you may make an informed and educated decision. Immediately upon learning of the accident, we start to collect and preserve all potential evidence that we may need to prove your case. That evidence might range from collecting the body camera footage of the responding police offers, to checking the scene of the accident for potential video from nearby surveillance cameras. We search for potential witnesses and retain expert witnesses if needed, such as accident reconstruction engineers. We also coordinate and speed up the process of getting your bicycle repaired, or if deemed a total loss, ensuring that you receive full and fair compensation for the value of your bike.
We also ensure that you are provided medical coverage, when available, to have your medical bills paid for. It is simply not right to have to deal with unpaid medical bills following an accident that you did not cause!
Our next step is to present all of the information and evidence that we have collected to the responsible insurance company and demand fair compensation for our clients. If the insurance company fails to provide just compensation to our clients, we file suit on our client’s behalf and pursue the justice our clients deserve through the court system.
Despite the countless hours spent on investigating the accident and fighting for justice, we perform all of this work on a contingency fee basis- meaning no upfront fees and we do not get paid unless you win.
Bicycle Accident Attorneys in NJ
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a bicycle accident, McKenna Law has the experience, resources and ability to help you understand your options and to help guide you through the process. We will aggressively fight to make sure you are compensated for your losses. The statute of limitations only allows for you to file a claim within a limited period of time, so do not wait to contact our office for your free case evaluation.