Fredericksburg Bicycle Accident Attorney
Riding a bike offers both pleasure and convenience. It helps you get from place to place faster than walking on your own two feet, but without the expense and pollution associated with driving your car. Perhaps you use your bike for leisure time or to get some exercise.
Unfortunately, while bikes offer a great deal of convenience and enjoyment, they provide no physical protection for your body from an impact with the road or the vehicles on it. This lack of protection can mean serious injuries when a car collides with your bike.
Did you suffer serious injuries in a Fredericksburg bicycle accident? Contact us today at (540) 898-2882 to learn how we can help.
Emroch & Kilduff: Helping You Get the Funds You Deserve
At Emroch & Kilduff, we have a track record of success that has helped many of our clients recover the funds they deserve as compensation for the injuries they suffered in an accident. Consider these past cases:
- $300,000 awarded in a motorcycle accident case
- $800,000 awarded after a commercial truck accident
- $700,000 awarded to a victim of botched back surgery in a medical malpractice case
While our past results cannot guarantee the success of your case, you can feel confident that with an Emroch & Kilduff lawyer by your side, you are in good hands.
The Aftermath of a Bike Accident
Bike accidents often leave their victims suffering from serious injuries long after the accident. Common injuries bicycle accident victims suffer include:
- Traumatic brain injury. Helmet use can reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury by as much as 50 percent, but it does not eliminate it. Traumatic brain injury may cause confusion, difficulty reasoning, or problems with emotional regulation, making it difficult for victims to return to work, school, or leisure activities.
- Spinal cord damage. In many cases, spinal cord damage results in decreased mobility or even full paralysis. Victims of spinal cord injury may heal and regain movement over time or, in the case of a fully severed spinal cord, never regain lost mobility.
- Amputations. Often, crushing injuries lead to such severe damage to a limb that doctors have no choice but to amputate. In other cases, amputation may occur from the trauma of the accident itself. In either case, victims of these injuries face a long and often painful road to recovery.
- Broken bones or soft tissue damage. In many bicycle accidents, broken bones and soft tissue damage may cause pain and suffering that lingers for years. The victim may struggle to take part in regular activities or to handle normal job duties. Often, sprains and strains cause more pain and a longer recovery than broken bones.
Seeking Compensation: Who Has Legal Liability?
In most bike accidents, you assume that the driver who struck your bicycle has legal liability for the accident and your injuries. That may well be the case, but the “other driver” isn’t always the only party with potential legal liability. Others may include:
- The other driver’s employer, if the vehicle that collided with you was a work vehicle, particularly if the employer knew the driver had a spotty driving history or failed to train the driver in the safe operation of the vehicle;
- A passenger in the other vehicle, such as in “dooring” accidents in which someone carelessly opens a car door into the path of an oncoming bicyclist;
- The manufacturer of the vehicle that hit you, or of your bike, when the manufacturer placed a “defective” product on the market and its failure to perform as expected resulted in your accident and injury; and
- Municipal and state road departments that fail to maintain roads safe for bicyclists.
Working with an experienced bicycle accident attorney is the best way to determine who may have legal liability for your injuries, and, just as importantly, which of those parties has the insurance coverage or other financial resources to pay the damages you deserve.
Bicycle Accidents: Common Damages
Once you know who caused to your bicycle accident, your attorney will also need to determine an appropriate amount of damages to demand from the legally-liable parties and/or their insurance carriers. Although every bicycle accident is unique, damages frequently include:
- Medical expenses from the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages, if you had to miss work due to your injuries
- Lost earning potential if you suffered permanent disability from your accident that prevents you from returning to work
What an Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Do for You.
After a bicycle accident, you may find yourself wondering whether you really need an attorney, especially if the vehicle driver’s insurance company has already offered you a settlement. That’s understandable, but in our experience, hiring an attorney is well worth the extra time and effort it may take to recover compensation. An experienced bicycle accident attorney brings years of know-how to the table in standing up for your rights.
Negotiating with the insurance company. Insurance companies often resist paying the full amount of damages you deserve. They’ll use tactics, including
- Offering a low settlement right after your accident
- Fighting to prove you caused the accident
- Trying to catch you engaged in activities your injuries should limit
- Trying to claim preexisting conditions or other events caused your injuries
Working with an attorney can help protect you from falling victim to these tactics. Attorneys also know the “pressure points” that matter to insurance companies that will help you to recover the maximum compensation allowable under an insurance policy.
Preventing you from making mistakes during the claims process. When should you return to work? Can going back to work too early limit your compensation? What about your social media posts: are there posts you should avoid? Working with a lawyer can provide answers to those common questions.
Increasing the compensation you receive. Often, working with an attorney can substantially increase the damages you receive following a bicycle accident. Many clients find that they receive higher offers when they work with an attorney, even once they consider attorney fees.
Did a Negligent Motorist Hit Your Bike? Call our Fredericksburg Bicycle Brash Attorneys Today
Do you need an attorney after a bicycle accident? Contact Emroch & Kilduff today or call (540) 898-2882 to set up your free consultation.