This is the final post in a series of articles discussing issues which commonly arise in bicycle accident litigation in Fort Worth, Texas. Our previous post emphasized the importance of retaining a law firm with the financial resources necessary to handle your bike crash case. Doing so can help ensure that your firm is capable of retaining the experts, investigators, and other staff required to negotiate a sufficient settlement or present your case at trial. The goal of this series has been to provide information to injured cyclists and their families regarding the legal process. Another objective has been to assist Fort Worth accident victims in selecting an attorney to represent their interests. If you or a loved one has been injured, we recommend contacting an attorney as soon as possible to preserve your rights.
This series discussed the following topics:
- The need to seek immediate medical attention following a bicycle accident
- Resisting accepting a “quick settlement” from an insurance company after a bike crash
- The possibility of facing a bifurcated trial in bike accident cases
- The importance of retaining a law firm with substantial resources to handle the case
Accidents can happen to any of us at any time. Many people do not know how to proceed afterward. It is important to understand how the topics discussed throughout this series may impact your case. First, we cannot overstress the importance of seeking immediate medical attention following an accident. Delaying treatment often creates problems when trying to prove liability and damages during settlement discussions and at trial. Second, victims and their families should complete a full evaluation of their injuries, medical prognosis, and economic damages before considering any settlement offers. While a quick resolution to a case can be tempting, particularly if one is out of work, settling too quickly can leave victims without additional recourse to recover the damages to which they are entitled. Third, defense attorneys may request that a trial be divided into two phases, or bifurcated. This is not often in the plaintiff’s best interest. A law firm with trial experience will be prepared to oppose such a request. Last, because bicycle accident cases, like other personal injury matters, are generally handled on a contingency fee basis, it is important to hire a law firm with the resources necessary to bear the costs of the case until settlement or through the end of a trial.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle crash, we recommend contacting an attorney as soon as possible. Doing so will allow the law firm to conduct a thorough investigation, preserve key evidence, and handle insurance adjuster calls on your behalf. In addition, we suggest locating a firm with multiple attorneys who are Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This advice is true whether the accident occurred in Fort Worth, Dallas, or other areas of Texas.