Thousands of people throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs regularly ride a bicycle as a source of transportation, exercise, or recreation. Unfortunately, bicyclists are regularly involved in accidents with motor vehicles in Chicago, making riding a bike a dangerous activity that has the potential to result in serious injuries.
There are many aspects of bicycle accidents and the legal process of helping victims recover that people do not know about, three of which are discussed below.
Bicycle Accident Cases Often Do Not Go to Trial
Like other types of personal injury> cases, many bicycle accident cases are resolved by the parties before they enter a courtroom. In many instances, the fact that the accident was caused by the motorist is so obvious that the only issue that needs to be agreed upon is how much the at-fault party (or his or her insurance) will pay the bicyclist.
Bicycle Accidents Can Result in Ongoing Losses
Many people who are involved in accidents do not immediately realize that their accidents may affect them for years to come. For example, people who sustain traumatic brain injuries in bicycle accidents may require years of therapy, be unable to return to work, or have to live in an assisted living facility or require in-home care. These types of ongoing costs should be calculated and included in any settlement or award, making it important for bicycle accident victims to retain an attorney familiar with representing victims who have sustained catastrophic injuries.
You Will Not Have to Pay out of Pocket for an Attorney
When accident victims think about retaining a lawyer, they are often worried about whether they will be able to afford it. Fortunately, at Abels & Annes, P.C., we take all our injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means we do not collect legal fees unless we recover compensation for our clients. In addition, any legal fees we collect come directly out of the settlement or award you receive, which means that you will never need to pay out of pocket for legal representation.
Call Abels & Annes, P.C. Today to Speak with a Chicago Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident, you should speak with a lawyer immediately. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 312-924-7575 or contact us online.