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Bicycle Accident FAQ

If you've been injured by a negligent driver, call attorney Colin Scott

A bicycle accident can change your life in an instant. Suddenly, you may be injured and facing medical expenses you're not sure you can afford. If the negligence of a driver caused your accident, the law may entitle you to compensation. The Scott Law Firm, PLLC can fight for your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Bicycle accidents can be complicated. The at-fault driver may deny responsibility and insurance companies sometimes believe them, hoping to pay as little as possible. Our firm is dedicated to helping accident victims get the compensation they need to get their lives back on track. Working together with our clients, our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome in every case.

Frequently asked questions about bicycle accidents

If you've been hurt in a bicycle accident, you probably have a lot of questions. A bicycle accident attorney can help you find the answers. Contact us online or call 360-718-3640 to schedule a free consultation. Attorney Colin Scott can answer your questions and go over your legal options to help you decide what to do next.

How can an attorney help me?

It pays to have an attorney on your side in a bicycle accident case. Insurance companies know this and may offer you a quick cash settlement. They may even try to discourage you from hiring a lawyer.

An experienced accident attorney - someone whose practice is dedicated to representing injury victims - can investigate your bicycle accident and look for evidence that will prove you were the victim of someone else's carelessness.

Hiring an experienced attorney also helps ensure that you are seeking any and all compensation that is potentially available to you under the law. Here at The Scott Law Firm, PLLC, one hundred percent of our practice is dedicated to helping injury victims get the best possible outcome in each case. Bicycle accident attorney Colin Scott focuses his efforts on obtaining the best possible outcome in every case.

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What if I was partially at fault for the accident?

In the State of Washington, if you are determined to be comparatively at fault for causing the accident, you can still attempt to recover financial compensation, but the amount will be reduced by the amount of responsibility you share. For example, a jury may award a bicyclist $100,000 in a bicycle accident case. But if the bicyclist was found to be 10% responsible for the accident, the award would be reduced to $90,000.

Insurance companies know this. That's why they often try to blame victims for causing the accident. It's a way for them to pay less money. Our firm is not persuaded by insurance companies that try to bully people into accepting low-ball offers. We work together with our clients to build strong cases that prove a driver's negligence was responsible for the crash that left you hurt.

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How can I recover financial compensation for my bicycle accident?

A bicycle accident attorney can help you take legal action against the negligent party that caused your accident. If the party denies responsibility, you have the burden of proving someone else was responsible for causing the accident. You must also prove that your claimed injuries are related to the accident and the medical treatment you received was reasonable.

Many times, we can negotiate a settlement with the insurance company that meets your needs. But sometimes, the insurance company won't agree to a fair settlement. In those cases, you may be left with no choice but to take your case to trial and convince a judge or jury that you deserve compensation.

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What types of damages can I be compensated for?

It depends on the facts in your bicycle accident case.

Some damages are said to be "economic" in nature. These are tangible losses with a specific value. They include things like medical bills and lost wages related to the accident.

Other damages are said to be "non-economic" damages. These are intangible losses for which there is no specific dollar amount (except as determined by a judge or jury at trial). Examples include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of activities you can no longer engage in.

A bicycle accident attorney can help determine the total damages you have suffered and help you recover appropriate compensation.

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What if the driver who hit me denies doing anything wrong?

This happens often in bicycle accidents. A driver denies negligent behavior that caused the crash. The drive may even try to pin the blame on you. Insurance companies are only too happy to believe their insured, because it gives them a reason to pay you less money. And now you are left having to prove that the driver was negligent.

Attorney Colin Scott can investigate your bicycle accident. He can obtain and review documentation that may be helpful to supporting your claim, such as accident reports, photographs of the scene, witness statements, and medical records. If needed, he may consult with accident reconstruction experts who can help recreate what happened based on known facts. Colin then uses this information to build a case that can prove your injuries were caused by a negligent driver.

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Should I answer the insurance company's questions?

It is generally not in your best interest to speak with the at-fault driver's insurance company. They may attempt to contact you shortly after your bicycle accident. They may tell you they're just looking for more information and want to ask you a few questions. If you agree, they will likely ask to record the statement. This request may sound perfectly reasonable. But insurance companies aren't interested in getting your side of the story. What they're really doing is trying to get you to say something they can use against you. They're looking for an excuse to pay you less. Hiring an experienced attorney to represent you can prevent this from occurring.

If you are contacted by the at-fault driver's insurance company shortly after the accident occurs, politely decline to answer any questions. Tell them you need to speak to your attorney first. Then contact a bicycle accident attorney at the Scott Law Firm, PLLC right away. We offer a free consultation.

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