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Bicycle accidents are disasters that can seriously injure or kill bicyclists. Motor vehicle drivers are often behind these collisions, guilty of negligent acts such as texting and driving or failing to yield the right-of-way. Yet it is the bicyclist who will suffer most from the driver’s negligence. At The Law Offices of Howard Kitay, we are passionate about serving the rights and best interests of La Mesa’s bicyclists. If you were recently in an accident, please contact us for a free legal consultation. A defendant may owe you money in personal injury and property damages.
Handling your bicycle accident claim alone could expose you to risks such as settling for far less than your serious injuries demand. Insurance companies try hard to convince claimants to accept low settlement amounts. They often place profits over people. When you hire a bicycle accident lawyer, you can fight back against insurance bad faith tactics. Your lawyer can ensure you receive the best outcome possible for your claim. While you focus on healing from your bike accident injuries, your attorney can take care of the legal process for you.
After a bicycle accident, pursuing financial compensation takes identifying the liable party under California’s tort-based insurance rules. You or your lawyer will need to determine who or what caused your La Mesa bike accident. Then, your lawyer can help you bring a claim against that party in the pursuit of fair and full compensation. Most bike accidents in La Mesa come down to driver negligence.
All drivers in California must carry automobile insurance. The at-fault driver’s insurance company should pay for your damages if you have a valid claim. The insurer may request proof of liability in the form of police reports, eyewitness testimony, photographs and medical records. A lawyer from The Law Offices of Howard Kitay could help you gather proof of a driver’s fault. Then, we can negotiate a fair award from the insurance provider on your behalf.
If the driver’s insurance company accepts your claim, it could offer a settlement to cover the damages connected to your accident. In general, an insurance settlement should cover your medical bills, lost wages, and bicycle repairs or replacement. Your lawyer can make sure the settlement offered is fair for the severity of your damages.
Most bicycle accident cases settle without needing to go to court. If the insurance company is refuting fault, however, or not offering a fair settlement, your lawyer may be able to obtain a better result by going to trial. A judgment award could pay you for past and future pain and suffering, lost quality of life, punitive damages, and out-of-pocket costs on top of other damages.
Protecting your rights is critical as a bicycle accident victim in La Mesa. While an insurance company may not want to maximize your compensatory award, a personal injury attorney from The Law Offices of Howard Kitay can work hard to ensure a fair settlement or jury verdict. Find out what your bicycle accident case might be worth today. Contact us online or call (619) 442-0542 for a free consultation.