Bicycle Accident Attorney West Palm Beach

Florida boasts some of the most scenic bike trails in the country, making it a popular destination for cycling enthusiasts from all over the world. And because of the Sunshine State’s temperate weather, riding is popular among locals, as well, who can reap the benefits of ditching their vehicle and riding to work 12 months out of the year.

Regardless of whether you hit the trails every weekend or pedal to the office Monday through Friday, you run of the risk of getting hurt every time you ride. Cycling alongside moving traffic—which is essentially unavoidable when commuting—is especially dangerous. A few seconds of distracted driving can cause a devastating collision that has lifelong repercussions.

If you were hurt in a bicycle accident with a negligent motorist, the personal injury attorneys at Donaldson & Weston can help you pursue compensation for all resulting damages. We have helped hundreds of clients make their lives whole again after experiencing some kind of trauma. Call 561-299-3999 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of the leading bicycle accident lawyers in West Palm Beach.

A West Palm Beach Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Handle Insurance Negotiations

Insurers have incentive to deny or at least undervalue every claim that comes their way. And since bicycle accidents tend to result in significant damages, victims can find it especially challenging to recover the compensation they deserve.

At Donaldson & Weston, we are not afraid to go up against even the largest insurance companies. Our legal team knows what’s at stake for each and every client, and we are committed to fighting tirelessly until we achieve the most favorable outcome possible given the circumstances.

We prepare every claim for trial, even if a settlement is the expected outcome. This lets the insurance adjusters know that we are determined to secure a fair payout and will take the case all the way to court if necessary.

Fortunately, many insurance adjusters are familiar with our approach to resolving claims and are therefore inclined to settle early. Those who want to take advantage of a client’s desperation, on the other hand, by using devious tactics to devalue the claim will have to go through us first. We handle all correspondence with the opposing party on each client’s behalf. Not only will this allow you to focus on your health, but it will also prevent you from falling victim to the insurance adjuster’s manipulative tactics and jeopardizing the case.

How Having a Lawyer Can Help with Your Injury Claim

You might be wondering if you really need to hire an attorney to help you with your personal injury claim. While it is possible to navigate the claims process yourself, having an attorney by your side can help to lighten the load on you and your family, and can prevent costly mistakes.

Your attorney will handle all the paperwork, ensure all deadlines are met, gather important evidence, and liaise with the insurance company on your behalf. All that is then left for you to do is focus on your recovery.

Here are a few ways in which a West Palm Beach bicycle accident attorney can assist with your claim:

  • Estimate a Fair Settlement: Estimating the potential value of your losses, tangible and intangible, is important in building a claim. You cannot trust the insurance company to offer fair compensation. Your attorney will consider your medical bills, lost income, future expenses, and any long-lasting pain and discomfort you are experiencing to estimate the value of your damages. Having this knowledge will help you to know if the offer from the insurer is fair or not. If not, your lawyer will then help you to negotiate with the insurance company. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, your case may go to trial and your attorney will then litigate your case in court.

  • Ensure That You Avoid Common Mistakes: After filing a personal injury claim for an accident that was not your fault, your every move could be watched by the opposing parties and insurance company. The wrong words or actions could lead to your claim being disputed and your liability being questioned. For example, if your doctor prescribed bed rest for your injuries and you are seen at a restaurant with friends, it may be argued that you did not do your duty to mitigate damages and that your negligence caused your injuries to worsen. You may then be held liable for part or all your damages. Having an experienced attorney to advise you after the accident could help you to avoid making common mistakes that could be detrimental to your case.

  • Your Attorney Will Conduct their Own Thorough Investigation: The insurance company will investigate the accident and look for potential reasons to challenge your claim. However, your attorney will conduct his/ her own investigation of the incident and gather the necessary evidence to strengthen your claim and avoid disputes. Your bicycle accident lawyer can gain access to hard-to-access evidence that could help to prove causation, liability, and damages that could result in the successful outcome of your case.

Speak with a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in West Palm Beach

Our attorneys provide tenacious and compassionate representation in bicycle accident cases. To speak with a member of our team in a free consultation, call (561) 299-3999.