In 2014, more than 880 bike accidents occurred in Louisiana, according to Louisiana Crash Data Reports. Young people are especially vulnerable to injury in bike accidents; the highest percentage of bike accidents involved teenagers and young adults under age 25. If you’ve been effected by a serious bicycle accident, these statistics may seem meaningless — they have little to do with the suffering your family is experiencing right now. However, these statistics may be meaningful from a legal perspective.
- A bicyclist hit by a car is entitled to compensation for injuries, just like after a car accident
- After a bike accident, the victim may be able to seek compensation via his or her own homeowners’ insurance, uninsured motorist policy, or insurance policies of the driver who caused the bike accident
- When a young person is seriously injured in a bike accident, a quick settlement is inadvisable because the settlement should include a demand for all the future costs of the accident, as well as reimbursement for money the family has already spent
Broussard & Hart, L.L.C., is a Lake Charles law firm with an exclusive focus on personal injury and wrongful death law. We represent injury victims in Calcasieu Parish and throughout Louisiana. Over the years, attorneys have recovered more than $80 million for our clients in injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits.
What to do After a Serious Bicycle Accident
In the aftermath of a serious bike accident, a family has immediate financial medical needs. Perhaps the accident victim was the family’s primary wage earner and the family needs income replacement in order to pay monthly bills. Perhaps the family’s health insurance does not cover all necessary medical care and the family is getting bills from hospitals. These financial pressures can push a family toward accepting a quick settlement, whether from its own insurance company or the insurance adjuster representing the responsible person. We rarely advise our clients to accept a quick settlement after any kind of serious accident. Our bike accident lawyers may be able to help your family access sources of immediate financial assistance while the personal injury claim is in progress. We want to do the best possible job for the injury victim, which means taking the time to calculate the real, total cost of the accident.
The types of expenses that can be compensated in a bike crash claim include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Vocational Retraining
- Future Medical Needs
Contact an Attorney
The insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit is the only opportunity to get financial compensation after an accident. You do not want to accept a settlement that does not provide funds for all the costs — present and future — associated with the accident. After a bike accident and before accepting a settlement agreement, consult an experienced Louisiana bike accident attorney. To schedule a free consultation at Broussard & Hart, call 337-439-2450 or contact us online. There may be time limits for you to file your claim, so contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
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Our attorneys will review your case and represent you throughout your bicycle crash claim. Contact Broussard & Hart L.L.C. today for help pursuing a bike accident settlement. Your first consultation is free and we won’t charge fees unless money is recovered.
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