Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident FAQs
Serious pedestrian and bike accidents happen all too often, and while no two are ever exactly alike, the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about these serious accidents can help you find your best path forward. If a motorist’s negligence leaves you injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Tampa personal injury attorney in your corner.
What if I Can’t Afford a Personal Injury Attorney?
You’ve been injured by a negligent motorist in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, which means you’re facing mounting medical costs and may be experiencing diminished earnings. The thought of taking on the additional expense of an accomplished personal injury attorney can be overwhelming.
The truth is, however, that most reputable personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that their payment is contingent upon you obtaining a settlement or a court-awarded amount. This helps ensure that the personal injury attorney handling your case believes it has merit before proceeding and that you don’t have to worry about legal costs during this stressful ordeal (a predetermined percentage of your compensation will go to your attorney). Having an experienced personal injury attorney is so critical that it’s safe to say you can’t afford not to hire the right professional to represent you.
What Kind of Damages Can I Seek?
Pedestrian and bike accidents tend to be so serious that the damages sought typically include all of the following (to one degree or another):
- Medical costs that can range from emergency care to hospitalization and surgery, physical therapy, and beyond
- Lost wages due to lost hours on the job that can extend to a diminished earning capacity into your future
- The physical and emotional pain and suffering associated with the violent impact of a pedestrian or bicycle accident
What Can I Do to Help Support My Claim?
While no two pedestrian or bicycle accidents ever follow exactly the same path, there are some basic guidelines that apply in nearly every instance, including:
- Keep your comments to yourself at the scene of the accident. Anything you say can backfire later, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If the officer on the scene asks you questions directly, answer them as truthfully and succinctly as you can.
- Remember that you aren’t required to provide the insurance rep with a statement about the accident, and it’s in your best interest not to do so. Leave this task to your experienced personal injury attorney.
- Seek the medical attention you need and carefully follow your physician’s recommendations. This will help you heal and help you demonstrate that the injuries you’ve sustained are exactly as serious as you claim.
Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Tampa Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Attorney
If a motorist leaves you injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, the dedicated Tampa personal injury attorneys at Tragos, Sartes & Tragos are committed to aggressively advocating for your claim’s best possible resolution. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 813-223-6405 today.