A Lake Charles, LA, bicycle accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you recover compensation if a careless driver caused your crash and injuries. We represent victims of bike accidents in Calcasieu Parish and the surrounding areas.
Our law office provides complimentary case evaluations for potential clients. You can learn about your legal rights and next steps for free today. In addition, we want to discuss how we may be able to navigate the claims process on your behalf.
Filing a Claim and Recovering Damages After Your Bike Accident and Injuries
Most traffic accident cases settle outside of court. Therefore, we do not usually need to sue and take a case to trial to recover damages for our clients. Instead, we file an insurance claim based on the liable party’s car insurance coverage.
Before we can do this, we must document and value our client’s damages and build a case against the at-fault driver. This process can take weeks or months but is vital to a positive outcome in each case.
Some types of damages we often recover for clients hurt in this type of incident include:
- Medical treatment and care, both current and future
- Lost wages and other income
- Reduced ability to work and earn, if permanently injured
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
Family members can pursue a wrongful death action
Our Lake Charles office also represents surviving family members in wrongful death claims. For example, if your loved one suffered injuries in a car versus bike crash but passed away before taking legal action, you may be able to pursue damages under La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2.
Wrongful death damages differ from those available in a personal injury case. They generally include:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of income, benefits, and other compensation
- Lost services
- Intangible losses suffered by surviving immediate family members
For a free legal consultation with a Bicycle Accident lawyer serving Lake Charles, call (337) 377-0514
Why Lake Charles Bicycle Accident Victims Retain our Law Firm
We handle bicycle accident cases based on contingency fees. We do not ask our clients to pay anything upfront. Instead, we provide the necessary resources and representation. Then, we only charge you for attorney’s fees after we secure your settlement or award.
We won cases for more than 6,500 clients in 2019. We pride ourselves on the services and help we can provide for our clients. In addition, we protect the rights of accident victims and seek appropriate settlements and court awards.
The Lake Charles law office is located at:
3307 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
You can speak with a bicycle accident attorney on the phone, in our office, at a local hospital, or in your home for free. We want to ensure you understand your legal case and our services before we get started.
Lake Charles Bicycle Accident Lawyer Near Me (337) 377-0514
Pursuing an Insurance Settlement or Court Award for Your Personal Injuries
The Morris Bart law firm seeks compensation for our clients who suffered injuries in a bicycle accident. We investigate the crash, determine fault and liability, value the case, and demand a just payout from the insurance company representing the at-fault driver.
Because we have more than 40 years of experience navigating this process, we know what it takes. We can identify, collect, and analyze the necessary evidence, develop the argument, and present a strong claim for compensation to the insurer. This, along with the supporting evidence, generally gets us in the same ballpark as the insurer. Then, we need to negotiate for a fair payout.
How Common are Bicycle Accidents in Louisiana?
Bicycle versus car accidents likely occur more often than you realize. In 2020, Louisiana State University reported police responding to 735 traffic accidents involving a bike. These accidents caused 573 injuries and 34 deaths statewide. While this indicates an almost 25 percent drop in overall accidents over the previous five years, the number of fatal accidents and accident-related fatalities has increased dramatically.
In Calcasieu Parish, 25 bicyclists suffered injuries, and one passed away in 2020. This includes bike commuters, recreational and competitive riders, and those cycling for exercise. Accidents were most common in urban areas and outside of intersections.
How do We Prove Fault and Liability in Bicycle Crashes?
Proving the other driver caused your accident and is, therefore, legally responsible relies on having the evidence needed to confirm negligence occurred.
- The driver had an obligation to act a certain way or do something specific.
- The driver acted carelessly or recklessly, failing to uphold their obligation.
- This failure directly led to the collision.
- You suffered physical, emotional, and financial harm.
For example, imagine a driver pulled out of a parking lot without checking the bike lane for traffic. They pulled forward with their eyes on the street, never seeing you until you collided. In this example, the driver had to check the bike lane for traffic. They failed to do so, which caused them to hit you. Your medical records and documentation of damages will prove you suffered harm.
How Quickly do I Need to Act to get Started with a Bicycle Accident Claim?
We encourage injured bicycle accident victims to reach out to us as soon as their condition allows. If your injuries are stable, we can discuss your potential insurance claim or lawsuit with you. Getting started quickly is important because of the deadlines in these cases and how quickly evidence disappears.
Louisiana has very short deadlines for filing personal injury lawsuits. In general, La. Civ. Code Art. 3492 only offers up to one year. If you do not begin the process before the first anniversary of your crash, you could lose your right to pursue compensation. Exceptions exist, but they could make your opportunity even shorter.
Our Law Firm will Review Your Bicycle Accident Claim for Free Today
A Lake Charles bicycle accident attorney with the Morris Bart law firm can discuss your accident, injuries, and legal options today at no cost to you or your family. We provide complimentary initial consultations and case assessments. We can begin working on your case right away.
Call (337) 377-0514 to get started today.
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