What does it mean to be a “bicycle accident lawyer”?
Our lawyers have spent many years focusing on representing people who have been injured while riding their bikes. In Arizona, and many other states, lawyers are not permitted to say that they “specialize” in any area of law. However, lawyers are not prohibited from concentrating in specific areas of law. Our practice is focused entirely on representing bicyclists.
Will I be involved in my case?
Yes. You will be kept informed at every step and will be copied on every communication. We will consult with you concerning important issues and provide our advice, but you will always have the final say in all matters concerning your claim.
Will I be involved in settlement negotiations?
Yes. We will inform you immediately of any settlement offers, and provide you with our advice, but you will always have the final say whether you accept that offer, or want us to continue to pursue your claim.
If I need a lawyer, is talking to a bicycle‑specific attorney necessary?
It can be critical to consult a bicycle lawyer or someone very knowledgeable about bicycling and the law. We have heard from several bicycle accident victims who consulted a general personal injury lawyer and were advised that they didn’t have a claim, when in fact, they had a strong claim.
What if I did something wrong that contributed to the crash?
Not all crash victims are completely without fault. Making mistakes does not necessarily mean that you don’t have a claim. Arizona is a comparative fault state, which means that both parties can share fault. Before deciding that your claim is not worth pursuing, consult with a bicycle accident lawyer at Bike Guardians to help you make an informed decision that considers all the information and facts of your claim.
How much will it cost me to hire an attorney?
Attorneys at Bike Guardians work on a contingent fee basis so there are no up-front fees or costs. Many accident victims cannot afford to pay a lawyer on an hourly basis or pay an up-front retainer fee, so a contingent fee agreement works well. In a contingent fee arrangement, the attorney is paid a percentage of the settlement funds at the time the case is settled, so there are no up-front fees paid.
Will I have to pay any out‑of‑pocket costs before the claim is resolved?
No. Under Arizona law attorneys are allowed to pay various expenses for you as your case progresses. Typical costs that might be advanced to you include: the costs of ordering medical records, the costs of filing a lawsuit, and other litigation costs. While some lawyers charge their clients administrative costs such as a “file setup fee,” postage, or copying, we do not charge those expenses to you. You are also given a complete accounting of any costs that have been advanced.
Will I have to come to your office?
Not if you don’t want to. We’re happy to meet you a location and time that is convenient for you.
If you have any further questions, please contact us.