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Frequently Asked Questions

Information from Our Boston Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Even if you've decided to take legal action following your bicycle action injury, it's likely you have questions about how to proceed and how to best ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. At Mitcheson & Lee LLP, we have helped various clients navigate this process and make compelling arguments for relief in the aftermath of their collision. Below, we've addressed some of the most common questions we receive from bicycle accident victims and included answers they can do to help them consider their options. If you have more questions or you are ready to inquire about representation, call our offices at (617) 934-3201 today.

Can I File Suit Against the Driver Who Hurt Me?

Yes. Just like in other road accidents, victims of at-fault drivers have grounds to seek compensation from those who hurt them. In many cases, insurance providers will step-in, assess the facts, and make a determination about fault and resulting coverage.

Will Insurance Cover Me?

In some cases, yes, insurance will provide adequate coverage for accident victims. Often, however, insurance providers will resist these payouts in order to protect their own bottom line.

There are many ways an insurance provider can undermine accident victims:

  • They may deny a claim.
  • They may dispute the victim's account of events.
  • They may try to assign fault to the victim.
  • They may offer a "low-ball" settlement.
  • They may delay payment of a settlement.

If you are dealing with any of these all-too-common scenarios, it is advised to seek legal representation. Call our team today.

What If the Other Driver Wasn't at Fault?

There are some circumstances in which the driver that made contact with your bicycle may not be liable for damages. If other drivers, for example, acted negligently and caused a driver to collide into you, then the driver who acted negligently may be held accountable for your injuries.

What If I Contributed to My Own Accident?

In Massachusetts, we apply comparative negligence in injury cases, which means that fault is assigned by the court in form of a percentage between parties. If an injured party is found to be partially at fault, they may still be awarded compensation, but that compensation may be reduced. If you believe you contributed to the accident that hurt you, contact an attorney to discuss your options.

Another Vehicle Wasn't Involved in My Accident. Can I Sue the City?

If you believe that dangerous road conditions caused you to crash your bicycle and injure yourself, it may be possible to hold the city accountable for the resulting damages. In these cases, it must be proven that the dangerous conditions were known by city officials and still left unaddressed. At Mitcheson & Lee LLP, we can help collect the necessary evidence in these cases and help our clients substantiate their claim.

My Bicycle Accident Was X Months Ago—Can I Still File?

The statute of limitations in Massachusetts for injury claims is three years. If your bicycle accident took place more than two years ago, having a knowledgeable and efficient lawyer by your side that can streamline this process is essential to pursuing the relief you deserve.

I'm Ready to File Right Away—What Do I Do Next?

When you are sure you want to proceed with legal action, the most important step is to contact an attorney who can help you establish a timeline for this process and develop a claim that speaks to your post-accident damages. In many cases, however, victims should not expect to file the claim right away.

This is because your attorney should want to wait for the victim to reach "maximum medical improvement" (or MMI). MMI is the point where at which accident victim will recover no further from their accident. Once this point is reached, doctors and attorneys can more accurately assess the full impact of the injury and what appropriate compensation should be. In some cases, future medical needs will also have to be reasonably anticipated and included in the injury suit, as well.

Ready to proceed with your bicycle accident claim? Mitcheson & Lee LLP is ready to help you take action. Contact us today to request a consultation.

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