If you have been the victim of a bicycle accident, you may be confused or unsure of where to go from there. Should I hire an attorney? How does the claims process work? How long will it take? How much financial compensation will I receive? These questions are completely normal. In fact, it is good that you are already thinking about your options, therefore you do not cut it close to the statue of limitations. Chris Davis has handled many bicycle accident cases in Washington State. He also offers a bicycle accident resource book that he authored. The follow is a brief clip from his book.
The laws and procedures governing bicycle injury claims can be complex. The same holds true for the litigation process in an injury case, since the rules governing litigation are often entirely dependent on the laws and procedures in the local jurisdiction – the area where the case will be tried. That is why it is extremely important that you consult with a local attorney who has experience litigating personal injury cases. This section is only intended to provide a general overview of the litigation process for the personal injury case in the state of Washington and is no substitute for professional legal advice provided by an attorney who can apply factors to a specific case.
Bicycle Accident Pre-Litigation Investigation
It is impossible to ignore or understate the importance of conducting an investigation before a lawsuit begins. Oftentimes, obtaining evidence well before the lawsuit is filed can drastically improve the chances of a successful outcome in the personal injury case. For instance, it is usually wise to obtain witness statements as soon as possible. Taking measurements at the scene may also be important since certain evidence like skid marks, debris, etc. can disappear within days. Most experienced personal injury attorneys will want to conduct some pre-litigation investigation before filing a lawsuit unless the attorney is retained a long time after the accident or if there are time limits imposed.
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