Boise Bicycle Accident Attorney
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How soon after my bicycle accident should I call you?
A: In my view people are always better off if they get the emergency medical care they need, let their loved ones know what is going on and then contact me immediately. Do not talk to the other person’s insurance companies until after you have consulted a lawyer. I make a point of returning all calls and e-mails promptly. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident you need to know right away what insurance coverage is in place to cover your medical expenses and lost wages.
Q: How do I pay your legal fees?
A: I handle bike accidents and all other personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means YOU DO NOT OWE ME A LEGAL FEE UNLESS I RECOVER MONEY FOR YOU. I do not ask for any attorney fees upfront. If there is no recovery there is no fee.
Q: Lawsuits can be expensive, will it cost me any money up front for filing fees, court costs, expert witness fees, and any other costs?
A: Filing a lawsuit, paying court costs and expert witness fees can be very expensive. Every year I spend thousand of dollars in litigation costs. I know that most people cannot afford these costs up front, so I do not force you to repay these expenses during your representation. Spending a few thousand dollars on a good expert witness can make the difference between getting thousands of dollars and getting nothing for your personal injury claim.
Q: Will I have to pay the any up front expenses?
A: Not unless you want too. I do not seek repayment until we recover from the at fault party.
Q: Are there any hidden fees?
A: No. I do not charge you fees for consultations, opening your file, copies, long distance, etc. Before you hire a lawyer, make sure you find out what they will be charging you, as these hidden fees can add up.
Q: Will I get to talk to a lawyer if I call?
A: Yes. Everyone who calls for a free consultation gets to talk to a lawyer. I do not have my staff screen cases. Usually you will get to talk to a lawyer right away or later the same day.
Q: Should I call you even if I want to handle my claim myself?
A: Yes. In a few minutes over the phone I can usually give you an estimate of what your claim is worth so you don't get ripped off by the insurance company. If they give you an offer and you later hire me, I will not charge you a fee unless I can increase the amount that goes into your pocket.
Q: Can I recover even if the motorist never hit me?
A: Yes. Many people are under the misconception that there has to be physical contact between a cyclist and a motor vehicle for the motorist to be liable. This is not true. There are many situations where cyclists are injured when they take evasive action to avoid being hit, and crash as a result. The motorist can still be held liable if their negligence required the cyclist to take the evasive action.
Q: Can I recover if the other driver had no insurance?
A: Yes. If you have uninsured motorist coverage, you can recover money for your medical bills and pain and suffering even if the other driver had no insurance.
Q: Does my auto insurance cover accidents when I am on my bike?
A: Yes. Many auto policies will cover you if you are injured in a bicycle accident or while on foot.
Q: How do I know if I have a good bicycle accident claim?
A: You need to contact me and we can discuss your case. My consultation on a personal injury case is always free.
Q: How long does it take to settle most bicycle accident and personal injury cases?
A: It depends on the nature of your personal injury claim. I have settled smaller claims for the full amount my client wanted within 10 days and I have settled policy limits cases in as little as a few months. Larger personal injury cases typically take longer to settle.
Q: Will pursuing my case take up a lot of my time?
A: No. Oftentimes I only meet with clients for the initial interview and then we can just talk over the phone. If we do have to go to court, it will take more time. I realize your time is important, so I don’t waste it.
Q: Will I have to go to trial?
A: The vast majority of bicycle collision and personal injury cases don’t go to trial. However, I treat each case as if it is going to be a trial, as you have to be willing to go to trial to maximize your settlement.
Q: Why is it so important to hire an experienced Idaho trial attorney?
A: Most bicycle injury accidents and personal injury cases settle before trial, but you want to maximize your settlement. If you hire an Idaho attorney who has little trial experience, oftentimes they will be afraid to go to trial. I have had much success in the courtroom and I will not advise you to settle for less than your case is worth.
Q: Do I need an Idaho lawyer?
A: In order to settle your bike accident case you will have to deal with insurance companies. Their goal is to pay you as little as you will take. It is tough for someone who is not familiar with bicycle accident cases to know what a fair settlement amount is. An experienced Idaho bicycle accident attorney can help you to determine that amount and reach a fair settlement.
Q: What types of Idaho in jury cases do you handle?
A: I handle all types of Idaho personal injury, wrongful death and products liability cases, including: crashes and collisions involving bikes, scooters, wheelchairs, and mopeds.
Q: What parts of Idaho do you handle cases in?
A: Although I am located in Boise, I have represented people in all parts of Idaho.
Counties: Kootenai, Benewah, Shoshone, Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, Idaho, Adams, Valley, Lemhi, Custer, Washington, Payette, Gem, Canyon, Ada, Elmore, Owyhee, Twin Falls, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Camas, Blaine, Butte, Jefferson, Clark, Fremont, Teton, Madison, Bonneville, Bingham, Bannock, Power, Caribou, Bear, Lake, Franklin, Oneida, Minidoka, Boundary, Bonner.
Cities: Aberdeen, Acequia, American Falls, Ammon, Ashton, Bancroft, Bellevue, Blackfoot, Boise, Bonners Ferry, Buhl, Burley, Caldwell, Carey, Cascade, Challis, Chubbuck, Coeur d' Alene, Cottonwood, Council, Dietrich, Downey, Driggs, Eagle, Elk City, Emmett, Fairfield, Franklin, Fruitland, Garden City, Garden Valley, Garden Valley, Genesee, Glenns Ferry, Gooding, Grandjean, Grace, Grangeville, Hagerman, Hailey, Harrison, Hauser, Hayden, Heyburn, Hidden Springs, Homedale, Horseshoe Bend, Idaho City, Idaho Falls, Jerome, Kamiah, Kellogg, Ketchum, Kimberly, Kooskia, Kuna, Lava Hot Springs, Lewiston, Mackay, Malad, Malta, Marsing, McCall, McCammon, Melba, Meridian, Middleton, Montpelier, Moscow, Mountain Home, Murray, Nampa, New Meadows, New Plymouth, Nez Perce, Orofino, Payette, Pierce, Pocatello, Post Falls, Potlatch, Preston, Priest River, Rathdrum, Rexburg, Richfield, Rigby, Riggins, Rupert, Salmon, Sandpoint, Sandpoint, Shelley, Shoshone, Soda Springs, St. Anthony, St. Maries, Stanley, Star, Sun Valley, Twin Falls, Wallace, Wardner, Weippe, Weiser, Wendell, Whitebird
Boise, Idaho Bicycle Accident Attorney