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It’s an undisputed fact that vehicles and bicyclists share the road. However, there are drivers who don’t feel that bicyclists should have the right to be on the road. A bicycle injury, like a motorcycle injury, is more serious that a car accident injury. There is less protection and a bicycle will sustain more damage due to its weight and size. The injuries from a bike accident include head and spinal cord injuries, road rash and broken bones. Whether it’s a case where the driver did not see the rider or the driver was driving recklessly, the cyclist is entitled to get compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering.
Attorney for Cyclists
It’s important to choose an attorney that will not only get you the best settlement, but one who knows the traffic laws and how they apply to your case. The lawyer also knows the injuries sustained from a bicycle accident and their impact on a cyclist’s life as well as on his or her family.
At Saffren & Weinberg, our legal team has handled numerous bike accident cases and will fight for your rights. We will quickly uncover the answers to the core questions we will build your case upon:
- Who had the right of way?
- Who failed to exercise a degree of care?
- Who violated traffic laws?
We will collect the evidence and reconstruct the accident using the latest software application. After the accident, it is important that the accident clothing does not be washed or the bicycle fixed. They are important pieces of evidence that can prove the cyclist was not negligent. Also, pictures of the accident scene should be taken right away and get information from witnesses as well.
Causes of Bike Accidents
The causes of bicycle accidents vary from an uncourteous motorist to a defective bike part. The other causes include:
- Cars turning (blind spot)
- Road conditions
- Poor maintenance of the bike
- Opening of a car door
- Failure to obey traffic laws
It is important to note that bicyclists riding on a sidewalk must yield to pedestrians.
If the accident happened at night, the insurance adjuster for the other party will ask a number of questions to try to have the claim denied or lessen the amount of the settlement:
- Were you wearing bright clothing?
- Does your bicycle have a light and reflectors?
- Were you riding on the correct side of the road?
Also, the insurance adjuster will ask if you were wearing a helmet, as it can affect the amount of your monetary award. The insurance company will try to prove wearing a helmet prevented a more severe head injury. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, adults are not required to wear bicycle helmets, but children are.
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