Cycling has grown in popularity over the last few years. Not only is it a great form of exercise, but it’s also extremely cost-effective as a means of travel. While many cities here in California have gone to great lengths to ensure bicyclists are kept safe, accidents do still happen and many victims involved aren’t sure where to turn for help. Below are some of the most common questions asked of cycling lawyers to help shed some light on the subject.
Q: Is there a time limit when filing a claim for a cycling accident?
A: Typically there is a limit for how long after an accident you can file a claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. While the time frame varies in certain circumstances, the typical maximum time frame for filing is two years. Note: if the claim is against a government entity, the time limit is six months.
Q: What if while cycling I am the victim of a hit and run?
A: It’s important to contact the police immediately if you have been involved in an accident or are injured by a hit and run driver. Be sure to give the police as much information about the vehicle and driver as possible. Ask bystanders if they have information as well. Auto insurance companies and attorneys also have the ability to search for information if you are able to get the license plate number of the vehicle. It’s in your best interest to get in touch with a cycling lawyer, especially if you are seriously injured, as if you have an uninsured motorist policy as part of your auto insurance, you can make a claim for injuries and property damage.
Q: How long will my cycling accident case take?
A: Typical cases in Orange County involving bicycle accidents can take up to several years, depending on liability issues and the extent of injury and damage done. Most trustworthy attorneys will know this and will advise only on general time frames.
Q: Will I have to testify in court?
A: There are certainly instances where cases can proceed to trial, in which case, as the victim, you would be required to testify. However, these types of cases are rare. Most cases involving bicycle accidents are settled before lawsuits need to be filed.
Q: What if a driver hits me while cycling and has inadequate insurance?
A: There are a few different ways you can potentially receive compensation if you are involved in a bicycle accident. While the driver may not be insured, the car may be. The driver may also have coverage from their workplace. Your own auto insurance may also be able to compensate you through a provision of your insurance known as Uninsured Motorist.
Q: What damages can be claimed from a cycling accident?
A: Some of the reasons you may be entitled to compensation would be property damage, lost income, past and future medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Q: Should I hire an attorney for my cycling accident?
A: Absolutely. A qualified bicycle attorney will ensure that the insurance companies involved treat you fairly and that your rights are protected. Oftentimes insurance companies will use certain techniques to reduce the value of a case, but an attorney can ensure that this doesn’t happen. Furthermore, people with attorney representation increase their odds of winning by 72% versus those who represent themselves.
Q: How much does it cost to hire an attorney?
A: Fees for attorneys vary in cost, but with Sariol Legal you never owe a fee unless you are awarded compensation. Consultations are always free.
For more information about your rights and best options, contact our offices. We are here to help at 1-866-800-9399 or visit us online at sariolcycling.com.