Cruising around on your bicycle can be an exhilarating and healthy way to get from place to place. When the weather is nice, there’s nothing quite like it, but unfortunately it also puts you at risk of an accident. Even if you are following all of the rules of the road and your town’s crosswalk, one wrong move from a reckless driver has the potential to bring your ride to an abrupt halt.
If you have fallen victim to a bicycle accident due to a negligent driver or other reckless party, the best course of action to take is to speak with a dedicated Lowell bicycle accident attorney immediately. The team at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers is ready to answer any questions, evaluate your case, and get started with an internal investigation immediately. We understand the importance of financial compensation and justice after a bicycle injury, and we are here to help. To get started today, please call our Lowell office at 617-391-9001 or use our contact form.
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After a bicycle accident, your attorney will immediately conduct an investigation surrounding the circumstances of your accident. This will include the collection of evidence with the goal of establishing a liable party. This is done through the four components of negligence, which include:
For example, if your bicycle accident was caused by a drunk driver, their duty of care would be to adhere to the rules of the road while operating their motor vehicle. If they make the choice to drive while intoxicated, this is considered a direct breach of that care. When this negligence causes a bicycle accident and your injury, they may be held liable for their actions. Even if you are found to be partially liable for the accident, Massachusetts’ adherence to a modified comparative negligence law still allows you to recover partial damages for the accident. As long as you are found to be under 51% responsible, you can still hold the other party accountable, though your compensation will be reduced accordingly.
A bicycle accident can result in long-lasting and pricey damages. Even a small collision can have catastrophic results. Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers understands the repercussions of a personal injury accident and how pivotal financial justice can be for the victims. When you are in a bicycle accident due to a reckless party’s breach of care, you are entitled to recover economic and non-economic damages for the following losses:
If your accident is due to gross negligence, you may also be entitled to recover punitive damages.
While you concentrate on the healing process, your dedicated Lowell bicycle accident lawyer can begin immediately helping with the following pivotal aspects of your case:
Liability and negligence are demonstrated through the collection and analysis of time-sensitive evidence. Your attorney will use their connections and resources to obtain any potentially relevant bits of information surrounding your accident. This can include, but is not limited to, traffic camera footage, eyewitness testimony, photographs or video footage of the accident, dashcam footage, black box data, and even professional testimony when necessary.
Massachusetts’s three-year statute of limitations gives you three years from the date of your bicycle accident to file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance. It is important to remember the insurance company is not your friend. They will likely reach out quickly after the accident to offer a settlement immediately. This offer may seem enticing, but it is unlikely to adequately cover your losses.
With the help of your attorney, you are giving yourself the best possible chance at recovering adequate damages that fully represent your total losses. Your attorney will handle all negotiations and scheduling with the insurance company, giving you peace of mind and time to concentrate on healing.
Don’t wait another moment to seek the justice you deserve. Our compassionate and dedicated legal team at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers is here to support you through this difficult time. With over 100 years of combined experience, we have the expertise to build a strong claim and hold the responsible party accountable. Your legal rights are our top priority, and we are committed to securing the justice you need to start fresh.
To take the first step toward healing after your bicycle accident, schedule a free consultation with one of our Lowell bicycle accident attorneys, such as co-managing partner and Super Lawyer J. Tucker Merrigan, today. Reach out to us at 617-391-9001 or use our contact form. Your future is important to us, and we’re here to help.
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