If you’ve been in a bicycle accident, a personal injury attorney can help you. You should not just hire any attorney. If you wanted a will drafted, you would hire an estate lawyer. A property attorney would be helpful in a real estate transaction. A biking accident requires a personal injury lawyer.
Malnar Law is dedicated to handling claims related to car accidents, including bicycling accidents. Victims of biking accidents can recover monetary damages, especially if they or their passengers received bodily injuries.
Frequently asked questions about bicycling accidents
What constitutes a bicycling accident?
There are many instances in which you can claim damages. Give us a call and we’d be happy to assist you. Here are just a few instances where a bicyclist may be able to claim damages:
- A vehicle driver opening a car door without looking first for bikers.
- Running out of room on the side of the road; drivers are required under law to give bicyclists 3 feet of room when passing.
- Drivers not giving a bicyclist room for merging.
- Cars swerving into a bicyclists’ lane.
Is a bicycling accident claim complicated?
No, not as complicated as you may think. First, its helpful for you to contact an attorney who knows the laws relating to car accidents and biking accidents. Second, you need to collect as much evidence as possible when you first get into an accident like interviewing witnesses and collecting insurance information. Photos of the incident are also helpful. If you are not wearing a Go Pro while cycling, you should be.
After you’ve consulted with a lawyer like Malnar Law, they will take your case and negotiate and fight aggressively, including going to court if necessary, to ensure that you get the most money for your bicycling accident claim.
What laws do bicyclists need to follow?
Bicycles have similar rights as automobiles. Thus, bicyclists are obligated to obey similar rules of the road. Here are some basic principles related to biking with cars:
- Stop at stop signs and yield to other cars when obliged.
- Obey traffic signals like stoplights.
- Be respectful and do not get into confrontations with other drivers.
- Wear safety vests or flashing lights to ensure that you are seen easily.
- Merge safely and use biking lanes if provided.
Why hire a personal injury attorney?
Car accidents are the most common type of personal injury. Bicycling accidents are normally classified under car accident law. If you’ve been injured by a motor vehicle there are usually multiple insurance policies in place to protect your interests and make sure that you are made whole. Don’t use just any attorney; use a lawyer that regularly handles peronsal injury cases and knows how to litigate your case against the insurance company. Remember, your under-insured motorist coverage includes you as a pedestrian or while you ride a bike. Hire an attorney that’s not going to short change your claim.