Bicycle Accident Attorney Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach can be a fun and exciting place to enjoy the wonderful Florida weather and what better way to get around than on a bicycle? Unfortunately, Florida is the most dangerous state in the US for bicycle accidents and deaths per capita, meaning that every time you get onto a bike, you are putting yourself at risk of serious injuries, and possibly even death. There are ways that you can work to avoid these types of accidents, like biking defensively and wearing proper protection, but no matter how hard you work to keep yourself safe, you may still find yourself in a crash.
If you have been involved in a bike accident in Daytona Beach and you have suffered any injuries as a result, you may be eligible to seek financial compensation from the driver or their insurance company in the form of a personal injury lawsuit or out-of-court settlement. It is likely that you will be working directly with an insurance adjuster who is covering your case and will ultimately determine an amount to offer you for your circumstances. Working with an adjuster might seem like a pleasant experience, but it is important to know that they are not working on behalf of your best interests.
Contact the team at Abercrombie, P.A. today to speak with us about how we can help you navigate the complicated, and oftentimes overwhelming, legal processes surrounding personal injury settlements and lawsuits. We offer a free initial consultation where you will be able to discuss your circumstances and get some free advice about how to move forward, while also learning about how we can help you get the most out of your case.
Accepting An Offer From an Insurance Company After a Bike Accident
When you are working with an insurance company, it is extremely important that you are aware of the fact that the insurance agent that you are dealing with is NOT working on your behalf. An insurance company stays in business by limiting the amount of money that they pay out to victims while protecting their own legal interests. This means that when they return to you after an investigation and make an offer, they have determined that this amount is the absolute minimum that they should be able to get away with paying while avoiding any future problems.
What they do not want you to realize is that these offers are simply the start to a negotiation process, not the best that you can do. When our clients get an offer from an insurance company, we will then step in and begin negotiations and fighting for what you TRULY deserve. If we are able to manage a settlement agreement without a lawsuit, then this is a plus for everyone. Settlements save time, money, and bad press for the insurance company. If we are unable to reach an agreement, then the next step is to file a lawsuit.
Calculating Damages After a Bike Accident
One of the most important steps, even before negotiations begin, is to have a full understanding of the damages that you rightfully deserve. When we are able to approach the insurance company with comprehensive evidence of why we are asking for the settlement amount we are pursuing, it will immediately be clear that you know your rights, and that you will not accept a low settlement. The types of damages that we will consider are as follows:
Economic damages are the types of damages that have measurable financial impacts, such as lost wages, medical bills, recovery costs, and any other associated expense or loss directly related to your accident. In many cases, these also include estimations of future medical costs, and short or long-term disability if you are unable to return to work to your previous capacity.
Non-economic damages are more complicated to reach a final number for and are typically a main point of contention during negotiation processes because of this complexity. They seek compensation for abstract (but very real) issues of an accident such as the actual pain and suffering, the emotional distress, and the depression and sadness that come with injuries.
Contact Us Today
No matter where you are in your process of seeking compensation for your bike injury in Daytona Beach, contact us now to speak with our team about how we can help you move forward with a winning strategy and a clear target for your outcome. We have a history of success in the Volusia County courts, and will be happy to help you get what you need and deserve after suffering from this traumatic experience.