Bicyclists are at high risk for injury because they are basically riding the least protected vehicle on the road. If you have been injured riding a bicycle and that accident was caused due to the negligence of another person or as a result of a defective mechanical part, you may be eligible to receive compensation for any medical and outpatient treatment costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and other expenses that may be associated with the injury.
Michael J. Brennan is an experienced bicycle injury lawyer in Orland Park, who represents victims of accidents in the Cook county region and across Illinois. Call our office today, and schedule a free case evaluation with our lawyers.
Most people don’t know what to do after a bicycle accident. People are usually not thinking clearly, or they may be in shock or injured. If someone is hurt, of course, call the ambulance. If you are not sure if someone needs medical care, err on the side of caution.
If negotiations with the insurance company do not result in a settlement that is in your best interest, you should file a lawsuit. This complicates things however, and it is important to seek professional legal guidance at every step of the way. Do not, under any circumstance, agree to the first settlement offer by the insurance company. This is the start of a negotiations and the payout will likely be higher if you are guided by an experienced bicycle accident lawyer.
In order to increase your chances for compensation, gather evidence. Follow the steps above if possible, otherwise make a complete documentation of all of the injuries that you have suffered, and carefully document all of the expenses and losses that you have suffered as a result of the accident. This includes medical bills, transportation expenses to and from the hospital, lost wages, and other financial expenses. This will help you arrive at an appropriate compensation figure that can help cover all of your losses as a result of the accident.
Whether you have suffered an accident with moderate injuries, or whether your accident has resulted in more serious injuries like spinal injuries or head injuries, contact our law firm for an initial evaluation of your case.
Being involved in a bicycle accident can be a very traumatic experience. The last thing that you want to do, however, is to quickly agree to a settlement with the insurance company. Remember, a settlement is permanent, and if it is too low to offset many of the potential financial difficulties you can expect in the future, you may be financially devastated for the rest of your life.
Michael J. Brennan’s personal injury law practice was founded in Chicago in 1995, and over the past two decades, our firm has represented several victims of motorcycle accidents across Illinois. Call our firm today, and get a free evaluation of your case.