Bicycle accidents in Louisville are less common than car accidents, but they pose greater danger to those involved since bicycle riders have less protection than individuals in motor vehicles. Injuries can range from minor scrapes to permanent disability, and even death in a few cases. If you’ve been in an accident and need legal representation, we’re here to help.
According to the 2012 Louisville Metro Health Status Report, created by the Kentucky Department for Public Health, between the years of 2001 and 2010, there were between 163 and 166 bicycle collisions in Louisville each year. Of those accidents, there were between one and three deaths each year.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
In the report mentioned above, is was found that 100% of the bicycle accidents occurred during non-rush hour times. Most accidents happen because car drivers are negligent about their attention to bicyclists. Some of the common causes for injury, or death, due to an car accident include the vehicle driver:
- Dooring a bicyclist.
- Turning in front of the bicyclist.
- Driving too near the bicyclist.
- Running a stoplight or stop sign.
- Pulling out onto the road without first looking for other traffic.
One of the main causes of accidents are doorings, when a person in the vehicle opens their door without first looking behind them to see if it’s safe. As many as eight percent of accidents occur in this way, and the person in the vehicle is responsible for causing the accident.
Of course, these are just some of the ways in which accidents are caused. As a bicycle rider, you are protected by laws and can take legal action if you are injured by a motor vehicle while riding your bicycle.
As a bicyclist, you may:
- Ride on the road, up to two abreast.
- Have the right of way when going straight, if a vehicle is turning left.
It is illegal for vehicle drivers to do the following:
- Make a right hook, thereby hitting a bicyclist.
- Cut off a cyclist.
- Force a cyclist into a narrow lane.
- Door a cyclist.
Some of the injuries that commonly occur when cars and bicycles collide include:
- Scrapes and bruises
- Skull fractures
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injures
No matter how well you feel after being in a bicycle collision, you should visit your local hospital, and then consult with an attorney to find out how you can collect on damages due to the accident.
What You Should Do If You’ve Been Injured in A Bicycle Accident
After a bicycle accident, there are many questions that arise: Who will pay for my medical bills? What will I do about lost wages? These are valid questions that can be answered with the help of an experienced attorney who knows the laws and will use them to protect your rights. We’re here to help you every step of the way. We will fight for your rights so that you get the compensation which you deserve.
Bicycle accidents can happen at any time, whether you are riding to work or pleasure riding. If you or a loved one has been in a bicycle accident, you need a Louisville attorney who is experienced in this type of legal action to ensure that you get the compensation to which you are entitled.
Navigating the legal system is something you can do yourself, though it is difficult, but when additional attorneys are involved in the matter, it is best that you choose an experienced attorney to advise you of your rights and to represent you in court, especially if you suffered catastrophic injuries. If a vehicle was the cause of your bicycle accident, the driver’s attorneys and the driver’s insurance company’s attorneys are involved. You may also have insurance, so in addition to the attorney you choose; your insurance company’s attorneys will be involved in the case.
Do I Need an Attorney?
Even if your insurance company has an attorney, remember that the insurance company is looking out for its own interests. To ensure that your rights are protected, you should retain your own attorney if you were injured in a bicycle accident or if you lost a loved one in a bicycle accident. Your attorney will make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to while your insurance company will compensate you for as little as possible. Remember, your claim costs your insurance company money.
How Soon Should I File a Claim?
You should contact a Louisville bike accident lawyer as soon after the accident as you can. If you are severely injured, you may also have a family member contact an attorney on your behalf. The sooner you file the claim, the better it is for you. After a certain amount of time, the statute of limitations runs and you will not be able to file a claim.
What Does Compensation Cover?
When you settle your bicycle accident claim or when a court rules in your favor, you may receive payments for medical bills and rehabilitative care, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma. You may also be entitled to lost wages and, if your injuries are disabling, future lost income.
You may be wondering how you can manage a legal action while you are recovering from injuries or while you are taking care of a loved one’s estate. A Louisville bicycle accident attorney serves as your supportive litigator so you can take care of your loved one’s business or focus on your rehabilitation. As the case progresses, the attorney will advise you of each step of the process, including obtaining medical records and other documents needed to prove your case; and settlement negotiations.
What You Should Do If Your Loved One Had Died in A Bicycle Accident
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult, so leave the bulk of the legal work to us. We will work to recover what’s rightfully yours so that your family can take it easy during this time of grief.
If your family member died as a result of a bicycle accident, then the family day be able to receive financial reimbursement for one, or more, of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Income loss
- Loss of a partner, spouse or parent resulting in the loss of affection, help and companionship
- Punitive damages
You should contact us as soon as possible so that the case can begin immediately. We’ll need your help in recovering the evidence and keeping it as is until it can be used in court. Our professional team will do everything possible to make the processes easy on you, while honoring your loved one by getting the rightful compensation.
Contact us today so that our team of experienced attorneys can help you receive damages due to you compensate for medical bills and lost wages which are a result of the bicycle accident.