Stillwater Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you were injured by a vehicle while riding your bike, you may have a claim. Let our experienced Stillwater bicycle accident lawyer fight the insurance companies to earn you the rightful compensation.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you may be feeling immense pain and stress. It is not good to have a lot of stress about medical bills and lost wages while you are trying to heal; stress slows down the healing process. That is why we want you to call our Stillwater bicycle accident lawyer today so we can take the stress of dealing with the insurance company off of your shoulders. We want to be a champion for your bicycle accident claim and get you compensation that you deserve.
Important First Steps
The first thing you need to know after a bicycle accident is the importance of getting to a doctor and receiving medical care. There are a couple reasons why you need to do this. The most important reason is your own health. You do not want to go on with an undetected injury. There are certain injuries that you might not notice right away, or you do notice but you try to brush them off. They can turn into really awful conditions that affect you permanently.
Some injuries you may take some time to notice include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussion
- Damage to internal organs
- Neck and back injuries
You might think that it is impossible for you to have one of these injuries and not notice it, but it happens more often than you would think. For instance, if you had damage to your internal organs, you might first think it was a sore muscle from getting whipped around, but that pain progresses a day or so later and you’re in immense pain. The same thing goes with neck injuries. What you declare as whiplash might turn up as a ruptured disc in your spine later on. For these reasons, it is so very important to get yourself looked at.
Injuries that you might notice immediately are:
- Broken bones
- Sprains and strains
Getting to the doctor to get a complete check out is not only of benefit to your health, it is a benefit for your case when you file it. Telling the doctor all of your symptoms is a way of officially recording your injuries so that later on, we can show the insurance company all of your injuries and the severity of them and that you have gotten or have been getting medical treatment for them. This will make your case stronger against the insurance companies who want to keep you from getting the compensation you deserve.
Avoiding Making Case-Ruining Mistakes
Your biggest adversary is going to be the insurance company. They are not interested in your well being or getting you back to fighting shape. They are most concerned with their bottom line. Because of that, they will take any opportunity they can get to either make you seem at fault for your accident, or claim that you aren’t as injured as you say you are. Not going to see the doctor in a timely manner will only help the insurance company when they say you’re not really hurt. They’ll say, “If you could wait to see the doctor, you couldn’t have been in that much pain.”
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Another thing to be aware of with insurance companies doing all they can to throw out your claim is when they try to call you after the accident and get a statement from you. They are trained to ask you loaded questions. They will lead you into saying something that you might think is innocuous but ends up being detrimental to your case. In order to avoid saying something that will end your claim, don’t say anything to them at all. Don’t answer their questions or willingly give them a statement without having an attorney present. An experienced attorney should give them a statement on your behalf. We know what to say to avoid putting you in a position to lose a claim.
A big mistake happens when people find out about the statute of limitations. In Oklahoma, you have two years after your bicycle accident to file a claim. We have had clients call us a week before this two year limitation runs out and we are unable to help them. While you technically have two years, you do not want to wait. Calling an attorney as soon as possible will only help you to build a stronger case against the insurance company.
Getting Compensation for Your Bicycle Accident
You can getting compensation for a multitude of things including your medical bills (past and future), your property damage, pain and suffering (past and future), lost wages, and loss of normal life. What you should know about Oklahoma is that we do not have No Fault coverage. If we did, your medical bills would be covered regardless of who caused the accident. That means you need to be concerned with where the money is going to come from, so trying not to make mistakes in your case will be vital. Your Stillwater bicycle accident lawyer will help you through this. They will fight to keep your liability down. You don’t want to get pinned for this.
Oklahoma is a shared fault state meaning you can receive compensation if you are at fault, but if you are 50% or more at fault, you will be barred from receiving any compensation. Your medical bills will not be covered, your pain and suffering will not be covering, and you will be responsible for those costs. With the help of an experienced Stillwater bicycle accident lawyer, you can get the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Office Today
If you are looking for a skilled Stillwater bicycle accident lawyer, please call our office today to schedule your free consultation with James Murray. You do not have to go at this alone. Avoid making an errors and call our office today. We will make sure we get you the compensation you deserve.