Bellevue Bike Accident Attorney
Legal Help After a Bicycle Collision
As one of the state's most populated suburbs, the city of Bellevue is home to many bicyclists who bike for recreation, work, or simply to get to and from errands. Although Washington has been named the number one "Bicycle Friendly State" by the League of American Bicyclists for many years in a row, the roads are still teeming with all types of possible risks. Whether the risk is another vehicle, an object on the road, a defect in the road itself, or something else, bicyclists aim to reach their destination without becoming involved in an accident. However, that is not always possible. In the event of a bicycle accident, whether you are the one injured or the immediate personal injury is suffered by your loved one, it is important to know your rights and your obligations.
At the law firm of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., 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 (888) 228-3860 call 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 non-economic 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 which created a dangerous condition on the roadway causing 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 party(ies) 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 which caused your or your loved one's bicycle accident, a lawsuit must be brought no later than 2 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 2 year period.
Bellevue WA 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 is essential to receiving adequate compensation to get you back on your feet.
The Bellevue personal injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. work exclusively in personal injury cases. We have the experience you need to negotiate with insurance carriers and governmental entities as well as the trial skills, if necessary, to obtain the results you need. For a free consultation call us at (888) 228-3860.
Bicycle Accident Recoveries
- $170,000 recovery for a bicyclist injured when he was struck riding his bicycle.