Bicycles are a very popular method of transportation in environmentally-conscious Redmond. Bicyclists commute daily alongside cars, buses, motorbikes, and other vehicles. Unfortunately, cyclist and motor vehicles are often involved in accidents all around Redmond, and King County.
Auto accidents are always atop a bicyclist’s mind because they are so vulnerable. Even low-speed collisions can result in grave injuries and fatalities for cyclists. Serious injuries result in medical expenses and lost wages, and fatalities cause deep emotional and financial trouble for your loved ones. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a vehicle, you need to know all the factors that could have caused the accident. These include:
Distracted drivers that don’t see cyclists in turns and other compromising positions
Defective road conditions
Faulty bicycle and bicycle parts
Running red lights
Vehicles not yielding to cyclists in crosswalks
Even police officers often blame cyclists when they are involved in an auto-bicycle accident. In reality, motorists are actually more likely to be responsible for causing an accident.
The Jones Firm applies professional techniques, hires experts and obtains visual evidence as well as medical records. Dax Jones interviews witnesses personally, and thoroughly examines the scene of the accident. He looks for full compensation for his clients in the Redmond area and all King County.
Injuries Sustained as a Cause of an Auto-Bicycle Accident
Whenever a bicyclist is involved in an auto accident, he can suffer an array of injuries. Some of these can be grave, and even crippling. They include:
Back and spinal injuries
Head injuries and traumas
Infections due to injury
Burns and friction rashes
What are My Options as an Injured Bicyclist?
Bicyclists who are responsible for the accident don’t qualify for medical compensation. However, in most cases, cyclists have a strong claim. They can file a personal injury claim and may qualify for full compensation of all loss due to the injuries sustained. There are many scenarios that are quite common in Redmond, these include:
First Scenario: The motorist has Personal Injury Protection (PIP) on his policy
The vehicle driver may have PIP coverage on his insurance policy, which means the injured cyclist will be able to access that policy to cover costs. These include medical expenses, lost wages, and other loss due to the accident.
Second scenario: The motorist does not have PIP, but the injured bicyclist has PIP or uninsured motorist coverage in their insurance.
Sometimes the responsible driver will not have PIP on his insurance plan, and in these cases, cyclists can access PIP or uninsured motorist coverage through their own policy. This covers them for medical treatment and expenses as a result of the accident. It also covers property damage and other losses due to the accident and any medical treatment for injuries that were sustained.
Third Scenario: Neither motorist or cyclist has PIP or uninsured motorist coverage, but the cyclist has health insurance.
PIP and uninsured motorist coverage are optional additions to your insurance. In the case that neither driver nor cyclist has the required features on the policies, cyclists can turn to health insurance if they have it. Health insurance will not cover property damage or lost wages, but will take care of hefty medical bills.
Fourth Scenario: Neither cyclist or motorist has PIP or uninsured motorist coverage, and cyclist does not have health insurance.
When neither the cyclist nor the driver has PIP or uninsured motorist coverage, and the cyclist does not have life insurance, there is no party to file the personal injury claim with. Unfortunately, the cyclist will have to cover medical and other expenses out of their own pocket.
Finding the Right Bicycle Accident Attorney
There are many people that fail to receive the full compensation they deserve after an auto-bicycle accident. This is often due to unwarranted fears and general misconceptions about filing a personal injury claim. At The Jones Firm we encounter these false fears often. The most common are:
A personal injury claim is a long and complicated process – If you are going to take on your case by yourself, it can be an overwhelming amount of work. However, if you hire an experienced bicycle accident attorney like Dax Jones, you won’t have to worry about the details. Dax will personally take care of your paperwork and keep you in the loop every step of the way.
At The Jones Firm, we handle all legal processes that are part of your personal injury claim. All the paperwork, phone calls, legal procedures, communication with doctors and experts, insurance companies, and more, are handled quickly and efficiently. Dax Jones’ proven track record is proof of our ability to handle any case.
The personal injury claim will give you a bad image – There are many people that are concerned about how others perceive them. They often think that filing a personal injury claim will make them look bad. Not filing a personal injury claim because you are afraid you will look “weak” can result in major physical and health complications in the future. File a personal injury claim and get compensation to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. It’s the brave thing and the smart thing to do.
Personal injury claims will put me on insurance company “watch lists” – People are under the impression that filing for personal injury puts them on some sort of insurance “watch list”. They feel that their future insurance rates will go up unfairly, however, the reality is that this is an unwarranted fear. As long as you are not responsible for the accident, you should not see an unfair raise in your insurance policy.
Getting the Best Results for Our Injured Clients
Dax Jones has more than 10 years of experience as a bicycle accident attorney in Redmond. He has helped many auto-bicycle victims and their families and can help you get maximum compensation after an accident. The Jones Firm will see it as their mission to remove all the stress of the claim off your shoulders, handling documents, phone calls, and paperwork. This will help you get the best result and make a fast recovery while you are informed of all changes and options.
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If you are involved in an auto-bicycle accident in Redmond, Dax Jones is here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact The Jones Firm by filling our online form or by giving us a call at 425.256.2351. Dax Jones meets his clients in the Redmond and King County areas, whenever and wherever it’s most convenient to them. The initial consultation is free and is not limited to 30 minutes as with most law firms. Contact us now!