Citrus Heights, CA asked in Personal Injury for California

Q: I was riding my bike and was hit by a car.he was on his phone got7 stitches what affair amount to take

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William John Light
William John Light
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  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Depends on a lot of factors: comparative fault, policy limits, your age, where are the stitches, will there be permanent scarring, are you male or female, total medical expenses, other injuries, prognosis, etc.

Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman
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A: Much depends on who was at fault, what were your medical bills and medical treatment. What insurance did the car driver have? Do you have any permanent injury or impairment? You probably have a disfiguring scar which could valued differently depending on how the scarring shows and what your gender is. With this limited information it is not possible to give an opinion as to the value of your case.

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: As the other answers suggest - there a lot of factors to consider before settling. Know this - the insurance company wants to pay you as little as they can and without a lawyer they love it. You should consider discussing your case with a local personal injury attorney.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: a lawyer needs a lot more info to evaluate liability AND damages.

was he going in the same direction as you or perpendicular?

was the cause of the accident inattention or he happened to be on cell phone as your were crossing street?

first you have to determine who was at fault, then you look at damages. if the scar was on the face lit is worth more than a scar on your fanny. A scar to a woman's part of body that shows is worth more than a mans. Any other injuries? See plastic surgeon for revision surgery? psych for fear of riding on bike etc

Steven M. Sweat
Steven M. Sweat
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  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The value of any personal injury claim including a bicycle accident is broken down into two basic categories as follows:

(1) Economic Damages: These are the out of pocket costs associated with the incident. They include the reasonable value of your medical expenses, lost wages from time missed from work as a result of being injured and not able to perform your job or to go to doctor's appointments, and the property damages (in this case the cost of either repairing or replacing your bike)

(2) Non-Economic Damages: This is compensation for both the physical pain associated with your injuries and the emotional distress related to being hit by a car on your bike. It is also meant to compensate you for the disruption the incident caused to your daily activities like work, home chores, exercising, leisure activities, etc.

While Economic Damages are fairly easy to calculate, general damages can be maximized by providing information on what the incident caused you to undergo.

An experienced bicycle accident lawyer knows what these cases generally settle for and can advocate for you to maximize the value of the claim.

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