Riding bicycles is becoming increasingly popular because it is environmentally friendly. However, this has increased the number of bicycle accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that nearly 75% of bicycle deaths occur in urban areas.
When a car hits a bicycle, the cyclist will sustain most of the injuries and may even die if the injuries are too severe. An Abbeville bicycle accident lawyer from our firm can help you throughout your case.
If you suffered injuries in a bicycle accident, you can recover compensation for your losses. Even if you are partly at fault for the accident, you can still get compensated. This is because Louisiana follows a comparative fault rule, per CC Art. 2323. The rule is that an at-fault party can still get compensated, but the amount of compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault.
A bicycle accident lawyer from our firm can begin the process of personal injury compensation. Your lawyer will advise you and negotiate a fair settlement from the liable party’s insurance company. We can tell you more during a free consultation.
What a Settlement From an Abbeville Bicycle Accident Case Covers
Although not as common as other accidents, bicycle accidents can result in very serious injuries. The court can award the injured party both economic and non-economic damages. You can seek the help of an attorney from our firm to quantify the non-economic damages you sustained from the accident.
A fair settlement from a bicycle accident can cover the following:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of earning capabilities
- Lost wages
- Medical bills, including your bills for rehabilitation, like physical therapy
- Emotional trauma
After a bicycle accident, you may lose important financial benefits of a relationship due to your injuries. The court can decide to award you damages for the loss of these benefits, depending on certain factors of the relationship.
You can also get compensated if the relationship provided you with intangible benefits, such as love and companionship. You can qualify for additional compensation if you lost your earning capabilities.
Some injuries can have long-term or permanent effects on someone’s ability to work. A court will consider this an important factor when awarding compensation. A victim can also receive any wages lost due to the injuries sustained from the accident.
The compensation amount should cover medical bills, including the cost of surgery, any long-term care, and additional facility care you may need. Emotional trauma and pain and suffering are important considerations when determining the amount of compensation.
Insurance companies may try to reduce the compensation you deserve. An Abbeville bicycle accident lawyer from our firm can handle insurance companies and negotiations. The lawyer can use their knowledge of state law to fight for your economic and non-economic damages.
A Settlement Can Cover Wrongful Death Damages
You and your family may have many economic and non-economic damages if you lost a loved one in a bicycle accident. Your deceased loved one may have certain unresolved damages, as well. A settlement can cover all of those damages, such as:
- Any unpaid medical bills your loved one incurred
- Any non-financial damages your loved one had, such as physical pain
- Loss of parental love
- Loss of companionship and consortium
- The cost of the burial or cremation
- Income your loved one provided
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer serving Abbeville, call (337) 777-7777
The Benefits of Getting a Lawyer From Our Firm to Handle Your Abbeville Bike Accident Case
After a bicycle accident, you do not need to seek the help of a lawyer. However, you may not realize the scope of information you may need to negotiate your settlement or argue your case to a court. Arguing with the opposing side can be challenging, and you may forget to ask for awards for important losses. The benefits of getting legal representation include:
- Having someone take the emotional burden off your shoulders so you can devote your energy to healing
- Having a representative who can review potential damages you can claim and valuate those damages for you
- Having a professional who can collect evidence for your case, such as traffic camera footage and witness testimonies
- Letting a professional protect you from any claims that you were negligent and that you share liability for your accident
- Letting a professional handle the insurance company and negotiate your settlement for you
- Having representation in court if the case gets to that stage
A lawyer can handle everything in your case, and this can offer valuable peace of mind.
Legal representation brings accountants and economists into play. These individuals can quantify the value of the economic and non-economic damages you have suffered due to the accident. A bicycle accident attorney from our firm will also look to collect evidence to prove that the other party is liable for the accident.
Your lawyer can work to get your lawsuit filed before the deadline of the one-year statute of limitations, per CC Art. 3492. Additionally, if the case goes to trial, you will need evidence to support your case.
A lawyer’s familiarity with Louisiana law can be helpful, as you may find court proceedings confusing and intimidating.
The Benefits of a Lawyer Working for You on Contingency
Our firm’s bicycle accident lawyers in Abbeville, LA, serve clients on a contingency basis. So, if you become our client, you’ll pay our lawyer only if they obtain compensation for you.
You’ll pay your lawyer a portion of the recovery amount. Since this portion is percentage-based, your lawyer is especially motivated to recover a high compensation amount for you.
This contingency arrangement can be affordable because there are no fees until (and unless) your lawyer wins your case. Also, there’s no fee for your initial consultation with us, which can make our services even more affordable.
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Why Seeking Medical Attention After an Abbeville Bicycle Accident Is Important
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bicyclists face higher risks of injury and death while on the road. This means it is extremely important for you to seek medical attention immediately after a bicycle accident.
You may have sustained internal injuries you do not know about. Getting medical assistance and a treatment plan will also help put you on a path to recovery. You can fight for a settlement or judgment that covers any hospital and treatment bills.
Seeking medical assistance is also important because the medical records will serve as evidence that your injuries are due to the accident. Without such evidence, the liable party’s insurance company may argue you didn’t sustain your injuries from the accident. Proving that the injuries you sustained are from the bicycle accident is extremely important in helping you get compensated.
Another Reason to Seek the Medical Attention You Need
Emergency care doctors, primary care physicians, physiotherapists, and other medical professionals can treat you and provide valuable medical records for your case. In addition to that, they can provide invaluable expert testimonies for your case. These testimonies could help corroborate the evidence in your case, establish your damages, and protect you from any claims that you were liable for your accident.
Our Abbeville bicycle accident attorney can hire medical experts for you, but you should still seek care from all the experts you may need care from. Any of them may be willing to provide testimony.
About Our Bicycle Accident Attorney in Abbeville, LA
Our firm’s personal injury attorneys have more than 100 years of combined personal injury law experience. Much of this experience is in bicycle accident law, so our attorneys know how to handle your bicycle accident case. We’ve handled many cases over the years and recovered many hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
As a personal injury law firm, we’re dedicated to helping people who got injured in an accident and the families of injured people. We can also assist the families of deceased individuals. We assist by representing our clients to unreasonable insurance companies, opposing attorneys, and, when required, judges. By valuating our clients’ damages for them, we can also help our clients obtain a fair settlement.
Unless your Abbeville, LA, bicycle accident attorney obtains a fair settlement or jury verdict for you, you won’t pay them anything. You won’t pay for your consultation with us, either.
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Seek Legal Representation From Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today for an Abbeville Bicycle Accident
Consult an Abbeville bicycle accident lawyer today if you or your loved one sustained an injury in a bicycle accident. Contact us and let our team evaluate your case for free.