Bicycles are fantastic in that they’re economical, healthy alternatives to driving a car. In fact, they’re also great for the environment. However, they are not always safe, and if you were involved in a bicycle accident, you are most likely now severely injured as a result. Here are some of the questions you may have about pursuing legal actions against the driver who hit you:
What can cause a bicycle accident?
Bicycle accidents are not uncommon, and when they happen, they are often far more severe than all other auto accidents, as cyclists, aside from their helmets, have next to no protection from other motor vehicles. The most common cause of bicycle accidents is driver negligence. We live in a world where motorists are constantly checking their phones, recklessly speeding, weaving in and out of lanes, and sometimes even driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is unacceptable.
How do I know if I qualify for compensation?
The deciding factor in recovering the compensation you need is whether you can prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. This may seem fairly simple, however, insurance companies will try whatever they can to get in the way of you receiving the payment you need to heal. That is why it is always best to first hire an experienced personal injury attorney.
Why do I need to hire an attorney?
An attorney is familiar with the claims process, which can, at times, be very difficult to navigate. When you hire an experienced attorney, you ensure that you will have someone on your side capable of obtaining and presenting evidence to win your claim. Your attorney will work to recover security camera footage of the accident, medical documents regarding the injuries you have sustained, police reports of the incident, eyewitness testimony confirming your claim, and more.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey?
The statute of limitations is the legally acceptable timeframe you will have to file a lawsuit against a negligent motorist. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is two years. While two years may sound like a significant amount of time, it is always best to start the claims process as soon as possible. If you file past the two-year mark, you will be barred from suing. Our firm is ready to help.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
When someone is injured due to another party’s negligence, it is only right that they receive the justice they deserve. As a victim, your only job is to call us, and we will take it from there. Please, do yourself a favor and do not wait. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and is seeking financial compensation, contact the legal team at McNerny & McAuliffe today.