Bicycle Accident Lawyer
There are few realities in life more disorienting than being struck by a vehicle. Pedestrians and cyclists alike face this risk every time they travel. All too often, this risk becomes reality. When it does, accident injury victims are left to process the physical, mental, and emotional trauma associated with seriously injurious collisions with a large vehicle.
Additionally, victims who have been seriously hurt are also left grappling with medical bills, lost wages, pain, and a struggle to gather enough resources and support to allow them to heal properly and as promptly as possible. These challenges are why, even if a bike accident injury victim is uninterested in “pursuing justice” against a negligent or reckless driver, it is critically important that they explore their legal options as soon as they possibly can.
Is the Situation Really So Urgent?
As an experienced bicycle accident lawyer – including those who practice at Blitz Law Group, LLP – can confirm, injury victims often don’t recognize just how much their collision is affecting their life (and the lives of their loved ones) until weeks or even months after it occurred. This is partially because it takes time for bills to pile up and it can also take time for the reality of someone’s injury-related limitations to “sink in.”
In the immediate aftermath of a crash, adrenaline will course through the body of a conscious victim in an act of self-protection. Similarly, in the days and initial weeks after the body sustains injury, the brain employs a host of mechanisms to keep a victim from processing too much trauma too soon. This is why people often say that victims will start processing their experience “when they’re ready.” The body naturally safeguards itself against overload.
While there are many benefits associated with these self-protective “delay” mechanisms, they can also be damaging when it comes to the legal and financial aspects of an accident victim’s reality. Failing to connect with an attorney right away means that a lawyer can’t immediately start gathering and protecting potentially critical evidence before it disappears or becomes compromised. Similarly, not having a lawyer in a victim’s corner right away means that they can’t start aggressively preserving and defending their rights.
Every day that passes after a crash is a day during which an injury victim could say or “post” something that could – very unintentionally – undermine the strength and integrity of their case. Insurance claims adjusters may keep calling, in an effort to wear a victim down so that they’ll take a low-ball settlement when offered, simply so that the victim can put the situation behind them.
Securing the maximum compensation that a bicycle crash victim is owed may not be an injury victim’s main priority as they’re healing. That is understandable. Yet, if they don’t take the time to meet with an attorney so that a lawyer can make this aim their main priority, the victim and their family may suffer significant financial consequences as a result of this delay for years to come.