Every year, more than 1,500 Arizona bicycle riders are injured when they are involved in car crashes.
Nearly 25 others are killed. Bicycle riders are so vulnerable, even when wearing helmets, protective gloves and shoes, that their injuries are generally serious. Broken bones are common and spinal cord and brain injuries are not unusual. Some bicycle accident victims are injured so severely their lives are never again the same.
Almost all bicycle accidents are caused by the negligence of a vehicle driver. Drivers may suddenly change lanes, make turns at traffic lights or even open a car door to exit their parked car without noticing a bicycle rider. Distracted driving is a major cause of all vehicular accidents, including those accidents involving bicycle riding. If you have been injured in such an accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. If a bicyclist you love was killed by a negligent driver, you may have a wrongful death lawsuit.
A personal injury bicycle lawsuit
The lawsuit process actually begins at the site of the accident. If you are conscious and able, you should take photos of the accident scene and of your bicycle and the involved vehicle. Get the names and contact numbers of all witnesses. Call the police and make a report. Be cautious when you speak to law enforcement officers. They need to know what happened, but be very careful not to say that any part of the accident was your fault. Anything you say will later be used against you. Save your clothes. They may later be useful as evidence.
Damages to which you are entitled
The amount of damages to which you are entitled depends on your individual injuries. The categories of damages are:You must file your personal injury lawsuit within a certain period of time after the accident, so it is important that you contact attorneys for a consultation as soon as possible. If you miss the deadline, no matter how seriously you were hurt, you will lose your right to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Psychologists have concluded that the death of a loved one is the most stressful life event. When the death was unavoidable and caused by the negligence of another, the grief is compounded. In addition to the personal loss, if the one who died was the primary wage earner there is financial loss. At the same time, there may have been expensive medical bills and funeral expenses. During this time of trauma, the parents, children or spouse of the deceased need to consult wrongful death attorneys to explore the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Many times, wrongful death attorneys are able to negotiate a fair settlement prior to the filing of a lawsuit. If this is not possible, the filing of the lawsuit, investigation, discovery, settlement negotiations or trial all proceed the same as in a personal injury lawsuit. The difference is the type of damages to which you are entitled which includes, but is not limited to:As with personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within a certain period of time after the death. If not filed within that time frame, you will lose your right to collect damages. Make sure to find and call an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney as soon as possible after the injury or death for a consultation.