Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Motorists are supposed to yield to pedestrians. However, if you have ever been out walking and had to cross a street; you know that not every driver follows the law. In fact, some drivers try to intimidate pedestrians by playing a game of “chicken” with them, wherein they speed up to the crossing pedestrian in an attempt to get them to move quicker, and risk being hit by the passing vehicle. The same goes for bicyclists.
Some drivers are aggressive, while others simply do not see or look for bicycles with whom they are sharing the road. Bicycle riders are so vulnerable that their injuries are usually serious, even when they wear helmets, and protective clothing. Broken bones are common while spinal cord and brain injuries are not unusual. Some bicycle accident victims are injured so severely that their lives are never the same again.
Lawyers Who Can Advise You About Your Rights After a Bike or Pedestrian Accident
At our law firm, CourtLaw, our attorneys have many years of experience helping clients injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you were injured or lost a loved one, please contact us today for a free consultation wherein we can discuss your situation and talk about your rights and options.
Causes of Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Almost all bicycle accidents are caused by the negligence of a motor vehicle driver. Drivers may suddenly change lanes, make turns at traffic lights or even open a car door to exit their parked car without noticing a bicycle rider. Distracted driving is a major cause of many vehicular accidents, including those accidents involving bicycles and pedestrians. If you have been injured in such an accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. If a bicyclist or pedestrian you love was killed by a negligent driver, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
What You Should and Shouldn’t Do After a Bicycle or Pedestrian Accident
Seek immediate medical care: It is possible to believe you are not injured, only to wake up the next day with aches and pains caused by the accident. If you wait too long to seek treatment, the insurer will try to claim that your injury was due to something else other than the accident.
If you are conscious and able, you should take photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and of your bicycle and the involved vehicle. Get the names and contact numbers of all witnesses. Call the police and make a report. Be cautious when you speak to law enforcement officers. They need to know what happened, but be very careful not to say that any part of the accident was your fault. Anything you say will later be used against you. Save your clothes. They may later be useful as evidence.
YOU SHOULD NOT:
Give a statement to the insurance adjuster: Shortly after the accident, the driver’s insurance adjuster will call and ask you to make a recorded statement about the accident. The law does not require you to do this and it is highly recommended that you do not. No matter how kind and compassionate the adjuster seems to be, adjusters work for the insurance company. They do not work for injured people and your words can easily be twisted around to blame you at least partially for the accident.
What You Could Receive From a Lawsuit or Insurance Claim
Depending on the nature of your injuries, you could be entitled to receive:
- Medical and care expenses – both current and ones you expect to incur in the future – or the medical expenses of your deceased loved one.
- Current lost wages and wages you will lose in the future, either due to your inability to return to work at all or inability to return to your former employment even if you are able to work. In a wrongful death lawsuit, you could be entitled to the wages of your loved one which that may have earned.
- Rehabilitation expenses, including physical rehabilitation and vocational retraining if required.
- Long-term medical and nursing care needed as a result of your injury.
- Compensation for your pain and suffering – including for mental anguish if your loved one died, or for the loss of your loved one’s companionship if he or she died in a bicycle or pedestrian accident.
You must file your personal injury lawsuit within a certain period after the accident, so it is important that you contact an attorney for a consultation as soon as possible. If you miss the deadline, no matter how seriously you were hurt, you will lose your right to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact Our Law Firm After a Bike or Pedestrian Accident Today!
If you or a loved one was struck by a car, truck, bus or motorcycle while riding a bike or walking, call us at CourtLaw. While you concentrate on recovering from your injuries, our team will determine which insurance will pay the medical bills and submit the paperwork. We work closely with doctors and hospitals to ensure payment of their bills and to obtain the medical records needed to prove your injuries. We will fight to maximize your recovery for pain and suffering and any lost wages. Contact us today to learn more.