What Will a Bicycle Accident Attorney Ask during the First Meeting?
Florida is ranked one of the most dangerous places in the United States for bicyclists. Each year, thousands of people are hurt or killed riding their bikes on Florida’s busy roads. As Florida’s population and traffic continues to rise, vehicles will continue to pose an increasing danger to bicyclists who ride on or along Florida’s busy streets.
If you or a loved one have been injured and are seeking legal representation, there are a few basic questions that your attorney will likely asks. These questions are aimed at determining what happened, whether there exists evidence to establish fault, and establishing the value of your personal injury claim.
1. Can You Describe What Happened?
Before launching their investigation, your attorney will want to hear a detailed account of the wreck. Not only will they want to know where and when the collision happened, but they will also want insight into the circumstances that led up to the moment of impact.
The lawyer will also ask you about the severity of your injuries and the extent of any property damage you suffered. It is always important to stick to the facts and avoid speculating. Your attorney may also ask whether you are aware of any witnesses, photographs, or physical evidence which is available to help establish what happened in your accident.
2. Who Do You Think Caused the Wreck?
While you might think only one party is to blame for causing the collision, you should think carefully about any other individuals or entities who might have played a role. Sometimes traffic has been negligently rerouted, inadequate signs and barricades may exist, or a defect in your bicycle may have contributed to the accident. Your attorney will also ask whether anyone else saw the accident take place, and whether they might be able to provide useful information about what they witnessed in the moments leading up to the collision.
3. Did You Visit the Doctor?
The value of any personal injury claim is tied to the injuries you have sustained. The best evidence of your injuries is oftentimes found in your medical records. That is why it is critical that you seek medical attention for your injuries, follow what your doctors and therapists recommend, and make sure your injuries are well documented. Your attorney will want to know about the treatment you have received in the wake of the wreckage. He or she will also ask you about the nature of your injuries and when your healthcare providers expect you to reach maximum medical improvement. The more information you are able to share about your injuries, the easier it will be for your attorney to estimate the value of your claim.
4. What Costs Have You Incurred Because of the Wreck?
Your attorney will also want to know if you have had to pay for any repairs, medical treatment, or other services out of pocket. These losses may also be compensable and added to the overall value of your claim. For instance, your medical costs, lost wages, property repairs, and even any necessary replacement services at home could be factored into the potential recovery. Your attorney will want to see any available documentation of these losses, such as invoices, receipts, and estimates.
5. Do You Have Any Questions?
A good attorney will also want to know if you have any questions. Representing clients is a team effort. The more you understand the better able you are to participate in your case and conduct yourself in a way that benefits your claim. After a serious wreck, it is only natural to have several questions running through your mind all at once. Do not hesitate to ask your attorney about anything that you have questions about. You may even consider writing down a list of questions in advance of your consultation. For instance, you may want to know how attorneys’ fees will be paid, your lawyer’s experience with similar cases, and who at the law firm will assist with your case.
Speak to a Bicycle Accident Attorney in Miami Today
Did your last bicycle ride end with injuries? Turn to the legal team at Viñas & DeLuca, PLLC to discuss your options. We can meet with you for free, and will take time to thoroughly explore every aspect of your case so that you leave the initial consultation feeling informed, assured, and prepared. Contact us today at (305) 372-3650 or head over to our contact form HERE to request a case review with a Florida bicycle accident attorney.