Advocating for Your Rights After a Bicycle Accident
With our warm climate and beautiful scenery, the Carolinas are a great place to ride a bike. In fact, increasing numbers of people are riding bicycles to work and school as a way to get more exercise, reduce fuel costs and protect the environment. Unfortunately, the negligence of some drivers presents certain hazards for bicyclists in our region.
Common factors in bicycle accidents
Over the years, we’ve consulted injured bicyclists whose accidents resulted from a wide range of scenarios. The following are some of the most common:
A driver makes a right turn without making sure a bike rider is not approaching from behind and on the right side of the vehicle. The motorist then turns directly into the path of the bicyclist.
A bike rider fails to properly stop at a stop sign or red light and then moves through the intersection. An approaching vehicle hits the rider.
A driver or passenger opens a car door without looking for possible bike riders. The door opens in the path of the bicyclist. In many cases, the rider will get thrown from his or her bike.
A driver fails to see a bike rider when turning left at an intersection, moving into the path of the rider.
Loose gravel, potholes, train tracks and other impediments cause bicyclists to lose control and fall off their bikes.
There may be numerous parties at fault depending on the circumstances surrounding a bike accident. This may include motorists, bystanders, public agencies in charge of road maintenance and even bike riders themselves.
What to do after suffering an injury
After a bicycle accident, be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible—even if you do not believe your injuries are very serious. Some injuries, including whiplash, take some time to show symptoms, so it’s best to consult a physician and keep cohesive records of all treatment and care you have received.
If you need to file a claim with an insurance company, get in touch with an injury attorney. Insurance claims adjusters may attempt to limit the amount of money the insurer must pay out in damages, and an experienced lawyer will advocate on your behalf and work toward a fair settlement. You may also benefit from legal counsel if you need to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Work with an experienced bike accident injury lawyer
For further guidance after a serious bicycle accident, consult a skilled personal injury attorney with Wallace Childers PLLC. We serve injured people in both North Carolina and South Carolina. To set up an initial consultation, contact our office today.