Pedestrians and bicyclists are vulnerable as they travel alongside motor vehicles. In accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists, the results are often serious injuries or even death. Pedestrians and bicyclists are not protected as they travel, unlike drivers and passengers in motor vehicles. In addition, drivers who do not pay attention may not see bicyclists and pedestrians until it is too late. At Rodriguez Law Firm, our pedestrian and bicycle personal injury attorneys are experienced in numerous accident claims. Their thoroughness and efficiency ensure that our clients receive excellent results as quickly as possible.
Drivers who cause bicycle and pedestrian accidents are often quick to shift blame to injured victims. Some of these defenses may include arguing:
These are just a handful of the defenses at-fault drivers may argue against an injured pedestrian or bicyclist.
Shortly after an accident involving a bicyclist or pedestrian, the insurance companies will attempt to settle the claims. However, accident victims should not speak to these adjusters without consulting an attorney. The insurance adjusters’ loyalty is to the insurance company. Their job is to settle claims for as little as possible. Therefore, the majority of the time, offers they make will be grossly inadequate.
Once a victim has retained an attorney, the attorney will communicate with the insurance company on the victim’s behalf. The attorney will gather evidence that supports the victim’s claim and will put together a demand package. The demand package includes all of the medical records, bills, and other damages the victim claims. The attorney will make a settlement offer in this package as well. If the insurance company refuses to settle, a lawsuit must be filed.
Once a lawsuit is filed, the parties will engage in discovery, which is the exchange of evidence between opposing counsel. Medical records, medical bills, employment records, eyewitness accounts, driving records, and other such items may be exchanged. The parties may be deposed and they may also attend mediation, which is the attempt to negotiate a settlement agreement with the assistance of a third party neutral.
If the parties cannot agree to a settlement amount, the case will proceed to trial. During trial, attorneys will ask the parties and their witnesses questions about the incident in front of a judge and jury. They will also present evidence for the judge and jury to consider as they determine issues of liability. The attorneys at Rodriguez Law Firm have conducted jury trials of all types and are not intimidated by a courtroom battle.
If you have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Rodriguez Law Firm 24/7 via phone at (571) 292-1209 or email for a free consultation, or to schedule an office visit. Our attorneys are aggressive, yet diplomatic, and are committed to obtaining maximum compensation for our clients. There is no fee unless we win your case.