Cycling is a fun way to exercise and beat traffic without polluting the environment. In fact, more and more people are taking to cycling to keep fit and get to work. Unfortunately, cycling does come with its share of risks, especially if you live in a busy city.
Accidents involving cyclists tend to be traumatic. Reason? Unlike motorists, cyclists do not have much protection besides the headgear. If you are hurt in a bicycle accident due to someone else’s unlawful actions, you may pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. But, to win your case and get the compensation you deserve, you will need to avoid these costly mistakes:
Overlooking your injuries
Injuries like strains, sprains and back injuries may take a while to become apparent. Left untreated in time, these injuries can escalate into serious complications. It is important that you see a doctor for a checkup and treatment as soon as possible. Besides helping you recover from your injuries, this will also help you obtain the doctor’s report and build your case against the at-fault party.
Accepting a settlement quickly
Insurance companies are notorious for reaching out to injury victims with the goal of trying to reach a settlement as soon as possible. This may not be a great idea for a number of reasons. First, the insurance company is likely to offer much less compensation than your injury may be worth. And once you accept that settlement offer, you will likely forfeit your right to seek more compensation should your injury require additional treatment. This means that any future medical bills related to your injury will be on you.
Delaying your personal injury lawsuit
It is in your best interest that you file your personal injury lawsuit as soon as possible. This will ensure that your case is adjudicated fast enough so you can be awarded the compensation you need to treat your injuries. In Washington, you have three years from the date of the bicycle accident to file your personal injury lawsuit.
A bike accident can leave you with life-altering injuries. If you are hurt in a bike accident, it is important that you explore your legal options to ensure that you are duly compensated for your damages.