5 Common Questions About a Bicycle Accident

Were you injured in a bicycle accident and have questions? Read these 5 common questions about a bicycle accident, then call our attorneys.

1) How much does it cost to hire a Kansas attorney for a bicycle accident?

5 Common Questions About a Bicycle AccidentWhen you’ve been injured as a result of a bicycle accident, you’re dealing with a lot of expenses, medical bills and other expenses, and the last thing you want to have to worry about is paying an attorney. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney to handle your bicycle accident case. We work on a contingency fee, which means my fee is a percentage of whatever we recover for you. You won’t ever have to pay a retainer or anything upfront. You’ll never get a bill as we are working on the case. We do all the work upfront. When we settle the case or recover money for you, our fee is a percentage of that. In other words, we don’t get paid until you get paid.

2) Can I file a claim If I was partially at fault for the bicycle accident?

In Kansas, even if you are partially at fault in a bicycle accident, you can still recover for your injuries. There are a lot of details that go into determining how much you can recover, but it is important to hire an attorney who can properly investigate the case and gather the evidence to determine if you do have any fault, and if you do, how much fault do you have in order to determine what kind of claim you can make and how best to recover for your injuries. If you have a bicycle accident injury and you feel that you may be partially at fault, you may still pursue a claim and recovery your damages.

3) Do I have a claim if injured by hitting a pothole on a bike?

The answer is yes. If the city or the county had notice of that condition, there can be a claim made against the city or the county for the injuries sustained as a result of that poorly maintained road. There are some shorter deadlines for presenting your claim in that type of situation that you want to make sure that you’re meeting. You want to hire an attorney quickly so you can get the claim submitted as quickly as possible and within the timelines dictated by the law.

4) How does a bike accident claim differ from a normal auto accident claim?

There are a couple of significant differences. One, a person in a bicycle accident, the person riding the bicycle, is typically or can be more severely injured. They don’t have the protection of the car and so the injuries can be more significant and severe, in which case the damages can be greater and so it is important to make sure that you are recovering all the damages for your bicycle accident. Another way in which a bicycle accident differs from a car accident is that there’s a common belief amongst juries that if there was an accident with a bicycle, the bicycle rider was at fault in some way. They were riding the wrong way. They were not visible or not doing the right thing and therefor they are at fault. It is important to hire an attorney that understands that that’s not the case, that the rider of the bicycle is not always at fault and is able to present the case to the jury in a way that shows the jury that the bicycle rider was not at fault for this accident and recovered the injuries from the bicycle accident.

5) How do I determine the value of my bike accident claim?

There are a lot of attorneys that advertise in different ways that they can tell you the value of your case. However, it is a very detailed examination of the facts of your case in order to determine the value of your case. There are a couple of different types of damages that you can recover in Kansas. One is economic damages. Those are the damages like medical bills, prescription costs, lost wages, both in the past and those damages in the future. There is also another category of damages called noneconomic damages. Those damages are things like pain and suffering, the inconvenience of having to go to doctor’s appointments, the worry involved in how this is going to end up for you, the impact that this has had on all the things you do in your life and on your family. Once we have that information, both the economic damages and your noneconomic damages, we will be able to help you determine the value of your bicycle accident case.

Were you or a loved one severely injured in a bicycle accident in Kansas and have questions? After reading these 5 common questions about a bicycle accident, contact our experienced Kansas bicycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

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