Bicycle Accident case basics in Washington State

Bycicle on the street

Seattle is a very green city and many people here add to the sustainability by biking to work. However, cyclists run the risk of getting into bicycle accidents when sharing the road with motor vehicles, especially in city traffic. In downtown alone, there have been more than a few cyclist fatalities due to cars or trucks not paying attention to bikes on the road or in designated bicycle lanes. Though the city has done a lot to combat this problem, such as marking bicycle lanes green at intersections, cyclists are still at risk when they take to the road.

How do I know if I need a Washington State bicycle attorney?

If you are injured in a bicycle accident you should seek the advice of an experienced bicycle attorney. Many bicycle attorneys, like those at Advocates Law, offer a free initial consultation where you can ask as many questions as you would like and receive honest answers and even feedback.
When a car or truck hits a cyclist, the cyclist is relatively unprotected. Wearing a helmet is required by Washington State law but even with a helmet a cyclist is vulnerable. Arms or legs, ribs or pelvis, these are just some of the areas at risk of injuries such as broken bones or fractures. These injuries can sometimes be serious and life-threatening if not treated quickly.
Hiring a bicycle accident attorney ensures that any medical bills you have gotten from your treatment will be paid for, either during the case with the at-fault driver’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or once the case settles if there is no PIP.

When is it too late to file a claim on a bicycle accident case?

As with most other personal injury claims, cyclists injured in bicycle accidents have three (3) years to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance. If you do not have a bicycle attorney and it has been more than three years since the accident, you will be unable to settle for your damages. However, if you have a bicycle attorney, they can file a lawsuit against the insurance company if you are still treating for your injuries after three years.
Even if you haven’t reached the three years on your bicycle accident case, the at-fault driver’s insurance company might not settle your claim out of court. With an experienced bicycle accident attorney like The Advocates at Advocates Law, he or she will be able to threaten the insurance company with filing a lawsuit and can negotiate a fair settlement to you without you having to deal with those cheapskate adjusters.

What information should I have with me?

If you decide to hire a bicycle attorney from The Advocates, you have the option of coming down to our office in Seattle or having one of their assistants meet you in a public place near your home or work to sign documents. In order to make the most out of your first few weeks with us, you should have these things prepared during your initial signup:

  • Insurance letters from the at-fault driver’s insurance company;
  • Pictures taken of the accident scene and your injuries;
  • Names of the at-fault driver, passengers, and any witnesses to the accident;
  • A police report if police were on the scene;
  • Records of your wages lost due to your pain and suffering;
  • Health insurance cards;
  • Doctor and medical provider information; and
  • Any medical bills you’ve received that haven’t been paid.

It is always okay if you don’t have some of the information above available at the time of your signup. We will keep in touch throughout your case to follow up on any of the above documents.

The Advocates are with you every step of the way so call us today—we’re available 24/7 and your first phone call is always free!

Seattle Bicycle Accident Lawyer

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