After a bike crash with a car, truck or dog, it may take time for the injuries to the cyclist to reveal themselves and then heal. However, once a bike frame is bent, it generally stays bent. So, for ABRAMS LANDAU clients who have been injured in bike crashes and other bicycle accidents, TheAthletesLawyer often will guide them on how to get their bike and other property repaired or replaced. This is known as the “property damage” or “PD” claim. This can be settled before and separately from the “bodily injury” or “BI” claim.
Both claims have time limits, and there may be limits to the amount of insurance the Defendant driver or homeowner may carry. However, many of the TriathlonTrialLawyer’s clients who ride regularly seek to get their bicycles fixed soon after a crash or other accident. In some cases, the property damage claim to have the bike fixed or repaired may be settled and paid years before the personal injury case is settled or tried in court.