Legal Representation From Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Whether you ride your bicycle for exercise or commute on two wheels, you face unique challenges as a bicyclist. You have to be mindful of vehicle traffic around you. Unfortunately, drivers aren’t always as careful, and accidents can result in long-term injuries or worse. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, you need experienced bicycle accident lawyers on your side. The Law Office of Carl Maltese has a long history of representing cyclists injured in Suffolk County, NY and the surrounding areas, and we may be able to help your case.
Injured on Your Bicycle? Here’s What You Should Know
If you or a family member were involved in a bicycle accident, you’ll want to attain a lawyer as soon as you are physically able to do so. The insurance company for the driver who hit you will begin investigating the incident right away, looking for ways to deny the driver’s liability for your injuries. You’ll need to have a lawyer that also conducts a thorough investigation in order to help protect your interests.
The attorneys at The Law Office of Carl Maltese want to make Smithtown and the nearby communities safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, so we’ll work on your side to attempt to hold the responsible party accountable. When you hire us, we’ll immediately begin a complete investigation of your accident. This includes obtaining the police report, interviewing witnesses, and taking photographs of the accident scene, your bicycle, and any other vehicles involved—which is why timing is critical. We’ll hire an accident reconstructionist and other experts, if needed, and conduct whatever additional investigation is warranted for your case.
New York’s “no-fault” law creates another reason to hire a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident, as it entitles injured cyclists to no-fault benefits from the insurance company for the car that struck them. This requires insurance carriers to pay for your medical bills and lost wages. No-fault claim applications must be filed within 30 days. However, even though insurance companies are required to pay for medical bills and lost wages under no-fault insurance, they often object vigorously and seek to avoid these payments. Our firm can prepare and file the necessary application on your behalf, and we’ll work to hold them accountable if they do not pay what they owe.
As with most personal injury cases, defendants and their insurance companies can be expected to take whatever actions are necessary in order to deny or minimize their liability. In the case of a cycling accident, they may claim that you’re responsible for causing the accident because you did not look out for cars. They may also attempt to minimize the impact your injuries have had on your life by claiming they were not serious or were not the result of the accident. They will also try to minimize your pain and suffering and the damages they may owe you. Sometimes insurance companies offer a small settlement outside of court, but injured bicyclists should never accept those settlements without first speaking with their lawyer. Our attorneys have a track record of helping clients recover damages, and we know what to expect from insurance companies and their lawyers.
The Law Office of Carl Maltese May Be Able to Help
If you’ve been injured in a cycling accident, please contact our firm for a free consultation to determine if you have a case. We’ll explain how we may be able to help and advise you on the legal process for seeking recovery. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that there is no fee unless—and until—we recover compensation for you.
We have represented clients injured in bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, car accidents, and many other incidents, and we know how to go up against insurance companies and their legal teams. If we decide to work together, we’ll guide you through every step of the legal process and work on your behalf to help recover the damages you deserve, from diminished earning capacity to the cost of medical care. We can also help you file a claim for short-term disability insurance if you are covered by it.
At The Law Office of Carl Maltese, it is our desire to help you move forward to your new normal while working to make Suffolk County a safer place for all. If you’ve been injured in a cycling accident, or if a loved one has died as the result of one, you need quality legal representation from a bicycle accident attorney. Call The Law Office of Carl Maltese today at (631) 543-8811 to request your free consultation.
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