If you or someone you love was injured in a collision between your bicycle and a vehicle, you may have the ability to file a personal injury compensation claim. By filing your case, you might be able to recover the cost of your injuries, their medical care, and other related financial damages.
When you are ready to seek monetary recovery from the negligent driver who caused your accident, our team is here to help. A Lake Charles bicycle accident lawyer might be able to help you get the compensation that will cover your accident-related expenses and losses. Contact the personal injury team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (337) 777-7777 today for a free consultation.
Proving Negligence After a Lake Charles Bicycle Accident
The Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §32:76.1 promotes bicyclists’ safety by requiring vehicle drivers to take precautions when passing bicyclists and to do so only when it is safe. Proving the at-fault driver in your bicycle accident did not pass you safely or was otherwise negligent in causing the collision might enable you to seek financial recovery. The at-fault driver might have been negligent if they:
- Owed you a duty of care
- Neglected their duty
- Caused your accident
- Caused your financial damages
Your lawyer might use details in your crash report to prove the circumstances that led to the accident. Because you were injured in the accident, RS §32:398 requires you to file a crash report. It will tell your legal team how to contact the at-fault driver and his insurance company to start investigating the accident and filing a claim for compensation.
Your crash report will also note the type and size of the at-fault vehicle, any violations the driver committed, the movements and maneuvers made before the collision, and whether or not driver distraction, inattention, or impairment contributed to the accident. Take a copy of your crash report to a personal injury team member to start pursuing financial compensation today.
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Add These Documents to Your Bicycle Accident Case File
Our team works hard to establish the cause of your accident, the liability of the at-fault driver, and the financial value of your injuries. That often requires a wide range of documents and photos related to the accident. To support your potential right to financial recovery, we work hard to build a compelling case file. The case file we build for you may contain your:
- Crash report
- Medical records
- Medical bills
- Witness statements
- Injury photos
- Accident scene photos
- Available video footage
- Employment records
- Damage estimates
- Vehicle value
We might request additional proof that can help establish the at-fault driver’s liability. Keep a file containing any item you believe is supportive in your case and share it with a team member. A strong case file can help us prove the cost of the accident to the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
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Financial Recovery After a Bicycle Accident
The injuries you sustain in a vehicle versus bicycle accident can lead to medical bills, an inability to immediately return to work, prolonged recuperation, and long-term rehabilitation. With the guidance and direction of a Lake Charles bicycle accident lawyer, you might qualify to recover these financial damages from the at-fault driver:
- Current medical care
- Future medical care
- Current income loss
- Future income loss
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Physical disability
- Physical disfigurement
- Property damage
- Property destruction
Defining the financial expenses and losses of your bicycle accident can be complicated. Our team may help you carefully track the expenses you endure in the accident to make sure none of your costs are inadvertently omitted. Collect the bills, receipts, and other documents that help establish the financial impact of the collision, then get in touch with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (337) 777-7777 today to ensure your personal injury claim is accurately valued.
Louisiana’s Statute of Limitations
If you were struck by a car while riding your bicycle, you might have the ability to hold the at-fault driver financially responsible for the cost of the accident. If you decide to seek compensation for your injuries, you only have a limited amount of time to do so. In Lake Charles, Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492 generally entitles you to one year from the date of the accident to file your personal injury lawsuit.
If you are the surviving family member of the victim of a fatal bicycle accident, this statute also entitles you to a year from the date of your loved one’s demise to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Failing to meet either of these filing deadlines could prevent you from seeking financial compensation. When our team gets involved in your case early, we might be able to ensure your case is filed on time and your potential right to compensation is never at risk.
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Pursue the Driver Who Caused Your Bicycle Accident
If a vehicle driver’s negligence caused your bicycle accident and resulting injuries, a Lake Charles bicycle accident lawyer might be able to help you seek financial compensation from the at-fault driver. Our team might be able to help you prove the duty, breach, cause, and damages that form the basis for negligence and establish your right to financial compensation.
When you are ready to prove your case, value your claim, and negotiate a financial settlement, contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, and call us at (337) 777-7777 today. Our attorneys work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning we will not charge you anything unless and until you obtain a financial award.