Legal Help After A Bellevue Bicycle Collision
As one of the state’s most populated suburbs, the city of Bellevue is home to many bicyclists who bike for recreation or work or simply to get to and from errands. Although Washington has been rated No. 1 on the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly State list for many years in a row, the roads are still teeming with all types of possible risks. Bicyclists aim to reach their destination without becoming involved in an accident. However, that is not always possible. Accident causes include other vehicles on the road, objects in the road, defects in the road and many other obstacles and challenges. In the event of a bicycle accident, whether it’s you or your loved one who has been injured, it is important to know your rights and your obligations.
At Pendergast Law, our Bellevue bike accident attorneys work diligently to ensure that our clients’ rights are protected. In building a strong case, we gather the appropriate evidence and apply effective strategies to hold negligent parties liable. Please call 888-539-9211 to find out more about how we can help.
Compensation For Your Bike Accident Injuries In Bellevue
Whether you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for both economic (i.e., lost wages, medical expenses, etc.) and noneconomic damages (i.e. pain and suffering, loss of consortium, etc.). Should you have been the victim of a negligent driver or the negligence of the city, county or state that created the dangerous condition on the roadway that caused your personal injuries, a skilled lawyer can help you hold them accountable.
Overcoming The Obstacles Of A Bike Crash Injury
The ramifications of a bicycle accident in Bellevue can extend beyond the physical injuries themselves. Physically, the injuries inflicted on your body may get better but not completely heal. Emotionally, the trauma of the accident may linger, resulting in prolonged anxiety. Financially, you will have to deal with the loss of income from employment and possible mounting debts due to your incapacity during the time you are recuperating from the bicycle accident. Having the responsible parties compensate you or your loved one for the personal injuries suffered due to someone else’s negligence is an option you cannot afford to disregard.
Complexities Of Filing A Bike Accident Claim
According to Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 4.16.138, if the responsible party is the driver of the vehicle or a governmental entity that caused your or your loved one’s bicycle accident, a lawsuit must be brought no later than two years from the accident. This time limit is referred to as the statute of limitations. However, if the responsible party is a governmental entity, then you must first file a claim with the government, and only after the claim is denied or the statutory time has passed can you legally file a lawsuit, all within the two-year period.
Bicycle Accident Recoveries
- A $170,000 recovery for a bicyclist injured when he was struck while riding his bicycle
Bellevue Bike Accident Attorneys Help You Resolve Your Case
Following a bicycle accident, the prospect of obtaining just compensation for the personal injuries may become as daunting as the prospect of recovery. Nonetheless, a claim for compensation should be filed against all parties who may have caused or contributed to the personal injuries suffered by you or your loved one. Only after the claim is denied should you consider a lawsuit. Retaining competent legal representation as soon as you are able to do so is essential to receiving adequate compensation to get you back on your feet.
Our Bellevue personal injury lawyers at Pendergast Law work exclusively in personal injury cases. They have the experience you need to negotiate with insurance carriers and governmental entities and the trial skills – if necessary – to obtain the results you need. For a free consultation, call us at 888-539-9211.