This is the first post in a series of articles in which we will discuss issues that commonly arise in bicycle accident litigation in Fort Worth, Texas. We have previously written about catastrophic bike accident cases generally but felt it was important to address these topics in more detail. Accidents can happen when we least expect them. Unfortunately, when crashes involve a bicycle, the rider is extremely likely to suffer severe injuries. These may include brain trauma, spinal cord damage, paralysis, or even death. Victims and their families may not know how to proceed after such a tragic event. This series will provide information about immediate next steps and what victims may expect from the process. If you or a loved one has been injured, we recommend contacting an attorney as soon as possible to preserve your rights.
This series will address the following subjects:
- 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
We felt it was important to focus on these topics for the following reasons. First, all too often, an individual involved in an accident insists that they are not badly hurt and refuses to seek prompt medical attention. Allowing time to pass after a crash, even if only a few days, before seeing a medical professional could damage one’s ability to prove that the defendant caused their injuries. Second, insurance adjusters spring into action quickly after an accident occurs. Their goal is to minimize the damages they are responsible to pay on their insured’s behalf. To help ensure full compensation, victims should avoid accepting a hasty settlement offer from an insurance company. Instead, victims and their families are encouraged to complete a full evaluation of their injuries, medical prognosis, and economic damages before accepting any settlement offers. Third, in some cases defense attorneys ask the Court to separate a trial into two phases, bifurcating the liability phase from the damages phase. The defense tactic is often not in the plaintiff’s best interest. A law firm with trial experience will be prepared to oppose such a request. Finally, bicycle accident litigation can be expensive and require significant legal work to resolve. 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.