Fort Collins Bicycle Accident Lawyers
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If you have been involved in a biking accident and are now trying to seek compensation for your injuries, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the legal process that lies ahead. However, you don’t have to handle this process alone. The last thing a recovering victim should have to worry about is negotiating their claim. Allow an experienced attorney to fight for your best interests and help you seek the maximum amount of compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries. The attorneys at Zinda Law Group may be able to help.
BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS IN FORT COLLINS
Fort Collins is a major biking city, and therefore you can assume that bicycle accidents will continue to be a large issue in the area. Although biking accidents still happen, total and severe bike crashes are actually down about 40% since they were at their highest in 2012. In recent data from 2018, there were 108 bike crashes total with 41 of them being labeled as severe. Additionally, 89% of all bike crashes occur at intersections or driveways.
Next time you are out enjoying a beautiful day on your bike, be mindful of your surroundings. Always take note of others on the roadway and of any potential hazards that may lend itself to causing an accident. Beyond these measures, one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself is to always wear a helmet when out biking.
HOW CAN ZINDA LAW GROUP HELP ME WITH A BICYCLE ACCIDENT
The attorneys at Zinda Law Group have experience dealing with bicycle accident claims in Fort Collins and may be able to help you today. Having an experienced attorney on your side may be able to ease the burdens of the legal process in a number of ways. An attorney can aid in investigating your claim, calculating damages, speaking with the responsible party and their representatives, and settlement negotiations. Most legal claims resolve themselves through settlement offers. This is where the other party or insurance offers a recovering victim a certain sum to resolve the dispute and avoid going to trial. However, if the settlement offers extended to you were to be inadequate, an attorney would be able to advise you on the potential benefits or risks of taking your claim to trial.
At Zinda Law Group, our attorneys believe that everyone should have access to quality representation after being involved in an accident. Thus, our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that unless we secure you the compensation you are entitled to, you won’t owe us any money for our services. We get paid when you do.
COMMON BICYCLE ACCIDENT FAQ’s
Do I Need A Lawyer for a Bicycle Accident?
The short answer to this question is no. You don’t need a lawyer to file a bike accident claim or any other personal injury claim for that matter. However, having an experienced attorney fighting for you may be in your best interest when dealing with the other party involved. An attorney can help you during the process of filing a claim and may even be able to help guide you and the other party to a successful resolution.
What Types of Compensation Can I Claim in a Bicycle Accident?
What’s the Difference Between Economic and Non-Economic Damages?
Economic damages compensate you for things that are easily quantifiable such as medical expenses or lost wages. Non-economic damages are less concrete and seek to compensate a victim for less tangible injuries. This may include compensation for pain and suffering.
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Bicycle Claim?
Unfortunately, there is no set timeline of how long it takes to settle a bicycle claim. The length of time it takes to negotiate to a successful settlement could be rather quick or it could be lengthier depending on the complexity and severity of the accident.
COMMON BIKE CRASHES IN FORT COLLINS
Right-angle crashes make up about 53% of all bicycle accidents in Fort Collins. Right-angle crashes are by far the most common type of bike crash representing more than half of all bike crashes. Thirty-eight percent (38%) of right-angle crashes involve a bike riding against traffic on the sidewalk or street.
Approach Turn Crash
This type of crash represents 17% of all crashes. Forty-three percent (43%) of approach turn crashes result in a severe crash (serious injury or fatality).
Overtaking Turn Crash
This is also known as a “right hook” crash and makes up about 13% of bike crashes in Fort Collins.
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COMMON BICYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES
While this is not a comprehensive list, the following are some of the common injuries that may occur once you are involved in a bike accident:
- Broken Bones
- Cuts and Scrapes
- Spinal Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Skull Fractures or Brain Injuries
- Shock and emotional trauma
- Internal bleeding
- In serious cases, potential death
WHAT TO DO AFTER A BIKE ACCIDENT
Even after administering basic first aid, it is still important to seek medical attention by going to an emergency room or other doctor. Even when you think you may not have any serious visible injuries, you may still have suffered internal injuries that aren’t outwardly apparent. Regardless of your injuries, if you are considering seeking legal compensation after an accident, an official record of your injuries and treatment by a medical professional is essential to filing a claim.
Call the Police
It is always best to call the police after a bike accident or any accident so that they can create and file an official police report. It is important to be honest with the police about what happened, your injuries, and any other information relating to the accident. The report created by the police will also be an important piece of evidence in your claim.
Document the Scene Yourself
The police will document what happened and anything else they deem relevant, but it never hurts to take your own documentation. Do your best to document anything you can. Take pictures of the area where the accident occurred, take pictures of the bike and any damage, take pictures of your injuries as soon as you can, and try to write down any memorable details about what happened.
HOW TO FILE A BIKING ACCIDENT CLAIM
Speak with an Attorney
It is certainly not a requirement to have an attorney when you file a claim in a bicycle accident case, but it is the best way to ensure you are being treated fairly by the legal process and the insurance companies involved. Our attorneys at Zinda Law Group have a breadth of experience dealing with bike accident claims. Call our office today free of charge to speak with an attorney about your bicycle accident and your possible claim.
After you decide you want to pursue legal action, an investigation is essential. The purpose of an investigation is to get the details on what happened, who was involved, what injuries occurred, and any other relevant factors that could affect how much compensation you should seek. If you choose to hire an attorney, they will have the experience to conduct this process efficiently and thoroughly.
While we all wish the legal process was as quick and easy as telling someone what they owe you for your injuries and then getting paid, it isn’t that simple. Legal claims often require a lengthy negotiation process. The responsible party may reach out at some point to your attorney with an offer of settlement. Parties often settle lawsuits before they go to trial so that no one has to deal with the court process and the risk of losing in front of a jury. Most cases settle. However, initial settlement offers usually aren’t adequate. Therefore, an attorney can advise you on whether or not to accept and offer or negotiate further.
GET HELP FROM A FORT COLLINS BIKE ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY
At Zinda Law Group, our Fort Collins attorneys help our clients seek compensation after they’re injured in an accident. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case.
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