Riding a bike is a good choice for many reasons. Bikes are typically much cheaper than cars, do not cost you gas money, allow you to exercise while you ride, and are good for the environment. There can be serious downfalls to riding your bike, however, and getting into an accident is a horrible situation. If you are here at this page, you probably have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident. We want to say how very sorry we are for this and we are here to help you get through this. After you read a bit about your case, do not hesitate to call our Georgia office today to set up your free initial case review.
Georgia Bicycle Accident Statute of Limitations
A successful case is one that is filed in a timely manner. With any personal injury case, you have a limited amount of time to file your case. This time sensitive period is referred to as the statute of limitations. Georgia gives victims of personal injury, including bicycle accidents, two years from the date of their accident to bring their claim or settle it in civil court. This is a hard deadline, which means you will be barred from receiving compensation if you try to bring your claim late. We encourage victims of bicycle accidents to reach out to a lawyer right away so that your attorneys are not pressed for time to build a strong case for you. If you wait right up to the deadline, we may not be able to help you. These cases are not built over night or accomplished in a short amount of time. Therefore, the wisest thing you can do is call a Georgia bicycle accident lawyer right away.
How Bicycle Accident Compensation Works
Georgia is a state that follows the rules of modified comparative negligence. This defines how much compensation you will be able to collect in relation to how much of the accident was your fault. The initial amount of compensation you can get is determined by a number of things, including your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and damages to your bicycle. All of these factors are the costs you have paid, including any costs that you will have to pay in the future, as well. Once there is a dollar amount determined by those factors, the role you played in causing the bicycle accident is then taken into consideration. If you have been discovered to be mostly at fault for the accident, you will lose your right to compensation. If you are partially at fault, then your compensation will be reduced to reflect how much your fault the accident was. For example, if you are 10% at fault for doing something wrong to cause the accident, your compensation award will be reduced by 10%. We will work diligently to protect your right to full compensation.
The Most Important Step for a Successful Bicycle Accident Case
The absolute most important thing you can do for your case is seek medical attention. If you do not seek immediate medical attention, there are a number of negative consequences it can have on you. First, you are not going to be getting the medical treatment you so badly need, if you don’t get to a medical professional right away. Second, you could be worsening the conditions that you do have, if you don’t get your injuries checked. Third, the insurance company could look at this prolonged period of time in which you didn’t seek medical attention and try to say that you lied about how you got your injuries or that you are lying about how severe your pain is. This could cause them to try to throw out your case or reduce the compensation that they owe you. If you want to have a successful case, you should absolutely avoid having a conversation with the insurance company. They will try to reach out to you to get a recorded statement from you but you should never give them one. They will use what you say against you and it will only hurt your case. Instead, allow your lawyer to handle it for you.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, please do not hesitate to call our Georgia bicycle accident lawyers today to set up a free initial consultation. You do not want to hand your case over to just any lawyer. You can trust us to handle it correctly, protect your rights to full compensation, and get you the best possible result from the liable party’s insurance company. Call us today to learn how we can help you during this difficult time.