What you should do
Consult & Hire a Bicycle Accident Lawyer
While injuries caused from bicycle accidents and bicycle accidents in general, aren’t as common as other types of accidents (i.e. car accidents, and the injuries caused from them), they are more common than many people are aware. In 2012, the NHTSA, reported an estimated 49,000 bicycle accident injuries; among which were nearly 800 fatalities. A majority of bicycle accidents are the results of an inattentive driver. Consulting and hiring a bicycle accident lawyer that knows and understands the intricacies of Bicycle Law is imperative. As educated experts in the field, they are trained to identify small, significant details such as vehicle drivers:
- violating right of way of cyclists
- failing to check their ‘blind spot’
- making illegal turns and lane changes
- sideswiping cyclists
- failing to stop at red lights and stop signs
- who drive on the ‘shoulder’
- who ignore designated bike lanes
These are all important factors that will contribute heavily to your case, and have a determining effect on its outcome.
When You Wait Too Long to Consult an Attorney
You should consult or hire your Tampa bay area bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. The most common mistake of bicycle accident victims is that they don’t believe they have a case, or they believe they’re capable of making this determination themselves—they are not. In doing so; they often lose valuable time and typically can lose their case. The longer you wait to seek legal representative and consultation, the more your case can deteriorate. Here are some damaging results of waiting too long to take action.
- Vital evidence can be lost
- Key witnesses may no longer be available
- The driver’s insurance company and lawyers may gain the upper-hand
- You may be under-compensated and have to accept a lesser settlement
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a Tampa personal injury lawyer that specializes in bicycle accidents, but in the event that you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call at (727) 231-5420 or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.