Have you been injured in a bicycle accident in Boulder or the surrounding area? You may be entitled to compensation if someone else’s negligence was responsible for the accident, and Chris Parks Law is ready to help.
For over 30 years, the team at Chris Parks Law has held negligent parties accountable and handled many bicycle accident cases throughout Colorado, including Boulder. Their insider knowledge gives them an advantage by knowing how the other side (insurance companies) thinks. Their primary goal is to make your life as stress-free as possible the minute they accept your case. The Chris Parks Law crew deals with the insurance company of the person responsible for the accident and takes care of your case— allowing you to focus on healing.
For a FREE consultation, please call our office at 720-805-1193 today. There is no obligation, no upfront costs, and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.
The legal process of a bicycle accident claim begins with collecting evidence, including the police report, pictures or videos from the scene, medical records and bills, and any witness statements. The more details, the better to determine what happened during the accident.
In most cases, a demand letter is sent to the insurance company outlining the strengths of your case and making a demand. The demand letter highlights the opposing parties’ faults and explains why you are entitled to be compensated. It also outlines current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and general damages such as pain and suffering.
If you agree, a lawsuit is filed if both parties cannot reach a settlement. After filing a suit, the discovery process begins, where both sides will get the opportunity to ask questions and get more information. Discovery usually consists of interrogatories (written questions that must be answered under oath), requests for the production of documents, and depositions. There may be additional discovery items in some cases, such as expert witness depositions, site inspections, and expert testing.
The ultimate goal of a lawsuit is to resolve your case for the amount it is worth had it gone to a jury. Settlement negotiations often continue throughout the process. However, if the case cannot be resolved, you have a right to a trial by jury. Hiring an experienced lawyer to represent you gives you an advantage at trial. You should hire Chris Parks Law.
· Fractures and broken bones, especially in the legs, hips, and chest
· Torn muscles and ligaments, as well as other soft-tissue injuries
· Damage to internal organs
· Crushed or severed limbs
· Neck and back injuries
· Damage to the spinal cord, including paralysis
· Head and face injuries
· Traumatic brain injuries
· Distracted or inattentive drivers
· Drowsy drivers
· Speeding drivers
· Drunk or impaired drivers
· Aggressive drivers
· Impatient drivers that try to pass when it is not safe to do so or do not give bicyclists enough space while passing
· Vehicle occupants opening car doors without looking
· Road construction sites that are improperly designed
· Defects in roads and highways
· Keep calm. Make sure everyone is okay, especially yourself
· Call the Police or an ambulance if someone is hurt.
· Take pictures or videos of the accident scene for evidence.
· Collect information such as names, cell phone numbers, and addresses of all parties involved, including witnesses.
· Obtain a police report and write down the report number or Officer’s name.
· Do not admit fault or make statements about who caused the accident.
· Medical expenses, such as hospital stays, doctors’ visits, prescription drugs, physical therapy, and lab work
· The cost of any future medical care you may need
· Lost wages – past and future
· Your reduced capacity to work and earn a living
· Your physical pain and suffering
· Scarring and permanent disability
· Your emotional pain and suffering
· The injuries you sustained from the bicycle accident have resulted in a permanent disability – Injury to your back, head, neck, or spinal cord from a bicycle accident can inhibit your ability to do many activities. Often, these injuries require expensive and ongoing treatment.
· There is a dispute over who was at fault for the accident – The party that caused your bicycle accident may contest your claim. If so, you’ll need evidence to support your case, including extensive documentation of your injuries, losses, and proof of the other side’s negligence and liability.
· Multiple parties are involved – Are there multiple parties potentially liable in your injury claim? More liable parties could mean more insurance companies involved leading to more confusion and more negotiations. This can further complicate an already complicated process.
· Your insurance claim has been denied or delayed – Many times, insurance companies will attempt to limit their liability when someone makes a claim and offer a small settlement. Some may flat-out deny your claim. A seasoned legal professional like those at Chris Parks Law can help navigate the claims process and get you the compensation you deserve if this has happened to you.
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, Chris Parks Law can help you get the settlement you deserve. Call (720) 805-1193 for a free case evaluation and discuss your case with us.