If you have been injured in a bicycle crash, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your potential case. You may feel your injuries are relatively minor, or if the person who struck you seems amiable and friendly, that there is no need for an attorney. Time and experience have shown us, however, that it’s important to have an attorney on your side from the very beginning.
When Should I Call an Attorney?
Many times, injured bikers receive a phone call from the insurance company within days (and sometimes even hours) of the accident. Insurance adjusters are quick to offer small settlement amounts in hopes that you will accept. In fact, their primary goal is to get you to accept as small an amount as possible. They may seem sincere and compassionate, but it is important to realize that for these adjusters, this is business. They are evaluated based on their ability to get you to accept a small settlement.
It is important to contact a bike accident attorney immediately following your accident. At this point, details of the crash are still fresh in your mind. In addition, your attorney can provide instruction and guidance as to how to deal with the insurance company and how to secure medical treatment.
What If My Injuries Are Minor?
Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it’s still important to get checked out after a crash. We have represented numerous injured parties who initially felt they were “okay” after being struck. In some cases, injuries, muscle strains, and even small fractures do not present until hours or even days after the injury. This is because when you are struck, your adrenaline levels skyrocket, and you may not notice pain. At the very least, stop in for a visit with your family physician and be checked for signs of a minor concussion. Also, remember to document your injuries both in writing and with photographs.
Aren’t Attorneys Expensive?
We know when you have been in a bicycle crash, the last thing you want to be troubled with are mounting expenses. That’s why we do not require any money whatsoever upfront. In fact, our payment is a percentage of your final settlement. We will work aggressively to help you recover as much money as possible. In fact, studies have shown that individuals who retain an attorney recover far more money than those who choose to go it alone, even after attorney’s fees are paid.
When you have been in a cycling crash, do not take chances! Contact the experienced team at Kass & Moses right away.