If You Were Injured by a Negligent Driver While Riding a Bike, You Deserve Compensation
Bicycles have a right to travel utilizing the roads and motor vehicles that share those roads are expected to respect this right. Unfortunately, many bicyclists end up hit by vehicles driven by negligent drivers that fail to observe the traffic laws put in place to protect bicyclists. This method of travel comes with many benefits but the danger posed by these collisions is significant.
Bicycle accidents are especially intense since there is nothing to protect most bicyclists in a collision with a motor vehicle weighing several tons aside from a helmet. Bicycle accident injuries often deal severe damage and in many cases kill. Bicycle accident survivors do not have to suffer through the hardship caused by these injuries in silence and can take action to seek compensation for the damages they have suffered.
If you or a loved one were involved in a bicycle accident due to another’s negligence, contact Turnbull, Holcomb & LeMoine today at (205) 831-5040 or online for a free case evaluation, or to discuss your rights and options further.
How Can I Seek Compensation After a Bicycle Accident?
If your bicycle accident was caused by the negligence of another party then you may be able to file a bicycle accident claim with their insurance company. It is important to keep in mind that this is not possible with all bicycle accidents.
First of all, there must be a liable party that owed you a duty of care and was negligent in a way that caused your accident. This often will be a driver that caused the accident because of something like distracted driving or speeding but not always. There can be multiple parties that contributed fault to an accident and can be considered liable instead of or in addition to a driver that collides with a bicyclist.
Bicycle Accident Lawsuits and Contributory Negligence
In terms of contributing fault and negligence, not all accidents are clear cut with all fault lying purely with another party. There are many bicycle accidents where a bicyclist contributed a certain degree of negligence. In the state of Alabama this, unfortunately, keeps someone from seeking compensation for their injuries because of Alabama contributory negligence laws. If you contribute negligence to a bicycle accident even in the face of another party’s even more severe negligence, you are barred from seeking compensation from them.
Proving Negligence and Negotiating Bicycle Accident Settlements
Insurance companies will not just take you at your word when you claim to have been harmed in a bicycle accident. They will conduct an investigation into your bicycle accident and the injuries you suffered in order to verify your claim and determine its value. The problem is that insurance companies are biased in these investigations since it is within their interest to limit the amount of compensation you receive. This is because their primary motivation is profit even if it means denying you the money you need and deserve.
This is why it falls upon you to prove that the party liable for your bicycle accident damages was negligent as well as the credibility of your injuries so that you can negotiate a fair settlement. This means investigating your bicycle accident, gathering evidence, assembling documents, and communicating with the insurance company.
Attempting to handle all of this on your own and while coping with severe bicycle injuries is a mistake that can end up costing you a settlement. Hiring an attorney is essential when seeking compensation for bicycle accident injuries and it is recommended you at least speak to an experienced bicycle accident attorney before making any decisions you may come to regret.
What Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers Can Do for Your Case
- Organize and analyze key evidence and records of your case.
- Present the evidence to prove liability and damages.
- Communicate with the driver’s or other liable party’s insurer.
- Obtain the necessary evidence with respect to fault for the accident.
- Gather your medical records and bills.
- Communicate with your healthcare providers to obtain missing records.
- Work with your doctors to make sure they provide the medical information you need so that you can prove damages in your claim.
- Negotiate to potentially reduce the amount of the bills you owe.
- Network with investigators and experts to help strengthen your case.
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company to get you the compensation you deserve.
- File a bicycle accident lawsuit if a settlement cannot be reached.
- Successfully represent you in a trial.