St. Lucie County Bicycle Accident
Cycling is a healthy and eco-friendly alternative to driving, but when an accident occurs, serious injuries are likely to result. A helmet provides only a limited amount of protection in a forceful impact, which means those pedaling to their destination are especially vulnerable when traveling alongside traffic.
If you or someone in your family was hurt in a bicycle accident with a drunk, distracted, or otherwise reckless driver, contact Donaldson & Weston. Our personal injury lawyers will make sure you are treated fairly by the insurance company and will help you avoid critical mistakes along the way.
We have recovered several multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of our valued clients. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney in St. Lucie County.Tactics Insurance Adjusters Use to Deny & Undervalue Claims
Insurance adjusters have incentive to deny or at least undervalue every claim that comes their way. As a result, they are not above employing devious tactics to manipulate injured parties into accepting unfair settlements. Such tactics include:
- Prolonging the Proceedings with Unnecessary Delays: Insurance adjusters know personal injury claimants are motivated to settle. They also know that the longer the proceedings last, the more desperate injured parties become. Therefore, they may try to prolong the negotiations until you feel compelled to accept an unfair payout that will not cover all the damages you have incurred.
- Shifting Fault to the Claimant or Other Parties Involved: If the insurance company can shift some portion of fault to the claimant or other parties—or dispute liability altogether—they will. For this reason, it’s essential to start gathering evidence of fault before even leaving the scene.
- Misleading Claimants Regarding the Total Available Coverage: In most cases, claimants cannot recover a payout that exceeds the insurance coverage limits. As a result, insurance adjusters are inclined to mislead claimants regarding the total coverage available. When this happens, injured parties may wind up accepting far less compensation than they deserve, reasoning that securing some compensation is better than receiving nothing at all.
- Placing Claimants Under Surveillance: When an injured person is pursuing a sizable payout, the insurance company might place them under surveillance. In addition to reviewing their social media profiles, the claims adjuster might follow up with employers, healthcare providers, and even friends and loved ones to find evidence that can be used to dispute liability or damages.
If you want to file a bicycle accident claim in Florida, turn to Donaldson & Weston. Our legal team is here to help you put your life back together.
We have assisted hundreds of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Call 772-266-5555 or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free consultation with one of the leading bicycle accident attorneys in St. Lucie County.