Bicycle Accident: Personal Injury
For many Americans, cycling is both a favorite pastime and a reliable method of transportation. As years go on, more and more bikes share the road with motor vehicles and are even given their own dedicated lane on the pavement.
Unfortunately, accidents happen. When they happen between a car and a bike, they can be increasingly severe.
Cyclists, even those who wear protective gear, are vulnerable to extensive injuries when out on the road. This is because even at slow speeds, there is very little to protect them from bodily harm when in the midst of a collision.
Due to the high risk of catastrophic injury, if you or a loved one are involved in a cycling accident, it's imperative that you seek legal aid as quickly as possible. In the weeks and months following a crash, a good lawyer can help guide you through the claims process so your case is as successful as possible.
Bikes have an interesting position in the legal landscape. While cyclists are vulnerable to many of the same injuries as a pedestrian, they are expected to exercise greater responsibility. This is due in large part to the fact that cyclists on the road are considered vehicles, driving in the same direction as traffic and abiding by the same rules.
The result of this is a challenge with determining liability in a bike crash. Depending on your state, cyclists who are at least partly to blame for the circumstances of their accident may no longer be eligible to receive compensation for their damages. These states are known as contributory negligence states.
If you do not live in a contributor negligence state, you may still be eligible to receive compensation even if you were partly at-fault. However, understand that by contributing to the circumstances of the crash, your final amount of compensation might be greatly reduced.
Examples of cyclist negligence include:
Riding outside of a provided bike lane
Riding on the wrong side of the street
Failing to give a signal
Failing to yield
While this list is non-exhaustive, it is important to speak with your attorney about the circumstances surrounding your accident so they can best defend your case.
Due to the lack of protection provided by bicycles, the injuries and damages of these accidents tend to be exceedingly severe. Among the most common injuries are:
Neck and back injuries
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic Brain Injury
From these injuries, individuals ultimately face many challenges in their day-to-day lives following a crash. These challenges and resulting expenses create the foundation for your damages claims, including the following:
Loss of earning capacity
Loss of quality of live
Depending on the circumstances of your case and your prospects of recovery, you may be able to claim some, all, or even additional damages than what is listed above. As such, it’s integral to work with an attorney to build a case strategy that helps you receive the compensation you deserve.
Bike Accident Attorneys
Every accident is different. The only way to know what your case prospects are is to meet with an experienced attorney and discuss the details of your experience. Once the details of your case are known, your attorney will work to earn your compensation— a lifeline for many who are suffering with new and unexpected medical expenses and daily challenges.
Stickland and Kendall offer a team of personal injury lawyers that can help evaluate your bike case and understand your legal options. This is true no matter where you live, as we are lawyers dedicated to serving individuals around the country.
We believe that our legal services performed benefit the greater good of individuals who have been injured. This gives us a drive and passion that allows us to eclipse the work performed by other lawyers as we fight for your case.
If you were injured and believe you have a claim, we encourage you to reach out to our legal team at 334.269.3230 as quickly as possible to discuss your case.
Strickland & Kendall, L.L.C.
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The night I received the message that one of my sisters, and an uncle who we looked upon as a family patriarch and loved like a brother, had been in serious accident with possibly life threatening injury, was one of the times in my life that my little world seemed to stop. The first week was filled with much stress as I was trying to handle insurance claims for my uncle, and my sister’s son was trying to handle her claims. I thought we could do it ourselves but it became very evident this was way over both of our heads. My husband had met Michael many years previously while working in sales, and always spoke highly of Michael as an attorney with good ethics and integrity. I agreed it was time to call Michael to find out how he could help.
In November 2016, a friend of mine gave me Michael’s number after my son was arrested for multiple felonies. I knew nothing about bail, criminal court, or what I could expect next. From day one, Michael was there to guide my son and I through the 18-month lawsuit that followed. Mr. Strickland made me as comfortable as I could be during the most difficult time of my life. His legal assistant, Debbie, also provided me with pep talks, mother to mother, as well as answered many of our questions. He kept us briefed and was always there to answer our concerns. Michael’s legal skills during the hearings made me glad he was on our side. At the final court date, we heard the phrase we have been waiting for: CHARGES DISMISSED. Mr. Strickland gave me my son back. In actuality, he gave me back to my son. We are finally whole again.
Michael agreed to handle the accident for my uncle and my sister, and immediately paid attention to informing us of the correct things to do. My sister is still recovering, and praises Michael. My uncle passed away four months after the accident. What seemed to be an accident immediately became a ”wrongful death.” Michael proceeded to move me forward in the process, handling both cases with compassion, knowledge and integrity. His staff was always right there for me as well. I know I benefited not just by being awarded a suitable settlement, but I now know it takes someone with his skills to do what’s needed. I would highly recommend calling upon him if you find yourself in a similar situation. I hope I never have to again, because we lost a precious family member, but I know where to go if I find myself in that situation again.
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