How Soon Do I Have to File a Bicycle Injury Claim?
If you were injured by a driver, you have up to two years to file the injury claim. However, if you were injured by a city-owned vehicle (like a bus), then you only have six months to file the claim. Regardless of who injured you, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
Even if the legal time limit has not passed, contact an attorney immediately. Injury claims frequently rely on witness testimony and medical treatments to determine the value of the loss. As time passes, witnesses become difficult to find, and injuries heal. In addition, a defense attorney could claim that your injuries came about because of a different accident.
Your memories of the accident shift and fade over time as well. You and your attorney will need to visit the location of the accident, review the events, take photos of the scene, and document any additional property damage. The more time that passes, the more difficult it is to properly document the sequence of events.
The effects of an injury can take several weeks or months to surface. Contact a lawyer to discuss your current and future losses such as lost wages, on-going medical problems, and property damages.