Bicycles are an increasingly popular way to engage in recreation, travel to work, and get fit. When a negligent driver is also on the road with you, that bicycle trip could end with severe injuries. Evidence of another driver’s negligence, or some other negligent party’s negligence, can be utilized to demonstrate that financial liability should attach. If that party was responsible for your injuries, a personal injury lawsuit may help. An experienced Perth Amboy bicycle accident lawyer will look into your case and help protect your rights.
Proving negligence is a key part of any bicycle accident case. Negligence occurs when a defendant fails to follow their standard of care. If the failure also results in injuries to the plaintiff, a personal injury lawsuit can seek financial compensation for those injuries. Proving negligence can be difficult for an inexperienced lawyer or a self-representing plaintiff. Specific rules must be followed and the proper proof presented to have a chance at compensation.
Proving negligence can be performed in several different ways. Investigative methods by an attorney will look at police reports, witness statements, video recordings, and other evidence that might indicate who caused the accident and what led to it. Medical evidence, income records, and other evidence that proves the costs the plaintiff incurred will help demonstrate the evidence of damages necessary for monetary compensation.
New Jersey Statutes Annotated § 2A:14-2 obligates most plaintiffs to file their bike accident claim within two years of when the accident occurred. This is often hard deadline and failure to file by that time can result in a loss of potential compensation, even in a legitimate claim. Certain exceptions may exist to this time limit, both longer and shorter, so it is critical to talk to a lawyer promptly after a bike accident.
Bicycling accidents are often severe for injured plaintiffs. Although a bicycle is supposed to have the same respect on the road as any other vehicle, they are often disregarded. Drivers may even be frustrated by a bicycle traveling slower than they are, and cut too close to the bicyclist or engage in negligent driving practices that lead to injury.
Common injuries in bicycle accident cases include:
If these injuries are caused by negligence of another person, the plaintiff could be entitled to money damages from the negligent defendant. A personal injury claim with the help of a qualified bicycle accident attorney can increase the likelihood of recovery.
A plaintiff may win money damages under the appropriate circumstances that can include:
These damages can help a plaintiff recovery following a serious bicycling accident.
Bicycling should be a safe and fun experience. Another person’s negligence can ruin all of that and make your life incredibly difficult. High costs and severe pain caused by a negligent party should be compensated by appropriate money damages.
An experienced Perth Amboy bicycle accident lawyer will examine your case and help you move forward. The defendant’s insurance company will try to contact you immediately, so call us today.