Bicycle Accidents in Charlotte, NC
Were you injured in a bike crash? At Randall & Stump, PLLC, our bicycle accident lawyers have handled many bicycle accident injury claims. We know that whether you ride your bike every day or enjoy getting it out for summer rides, you expect to get home safely. You try your best to ride with the flow of traffic or to stay on bike paths, and you expect drivers to put in the effort to avoid hitting you. Drivers should be on the lookout for cyclists, should pass you carefully and with plenty of room, and should do everything in their power not to collide with you. Yet every year, hundreds of cyclists like you are involved in accidents in North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, around 20 cyclists are killed every year in accidents involving a motor vehicle.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed while riding a bike, do not hesitate to contact our other vehicle accident lawyers in Charlotte, NC. At Randall & Stump, PLLC, we will thoroughly investigate the collision to determine your legal rights. If there is evidence that another party was negligent, we will guide you through pursuing compensation for your injuries. Call us at (980) 237-4579 or submit your information through our online contact form to request a free, initial consultation.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Whether you are an avid cyclist, or you like to bike once in a while, it can be tough to share the road with vehicles. Cars, vans, SUVs, and commercial trucks are bigger, weigh more, and move faster. You can do everything in your power to avoid a collision, yet it will not do much good if a vehicle driver fails to pay attention. Many bike accidents are the result of negligent and reckless drivers, and if you are hit by a car on a bike, you are likely to sustain serious injuries.
At Randall & Stump, PLLC, our bicycle accident lawyers have handled many personal injury claims. Crashes occur because of many reasons, including:
- Distracted drivers
- Fatigued drivers
- Drivers failing to check blind spots before changing lanes
- Left and right turns
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Running stop lights and stop signs
- Drivers opening doors into passing cyclists
We Handle Cases Involving All Types of Bicycle Injuries
When you are involved in an accident including both a bicycle and a car, and you were the one on the bike, you may be suffering from serious injuries. If you are lucky, you may have suffered minor-to-moderate injuries that you will fully recover from. However, vehicle bike crashes can result in catastrophic harm and death. Following an accident, you may be diagnosed with:
- Facial trauma, including lacerations and bone fractures
- Dental injuries, including chipped or lost teeth
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Neck and back injuries
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Nerve damage
Our bicycle injury attorneys have worked on cases involving all types of injuries, from relatively minor scrapes and bruises to catastrophic injuries. No matter how complicated or severe your injury, do not hesitate to call us for help. We will work with you, your physicians, and medical professionals to prove the extent and value of your injuries to an insurer or in court.
Let us Pursue Compensation for Your Bicycle Injuries
If you were struck by a vehicle while lawfully riding a bike, we highly recommend you speak with a bicycle injury lawyer right away. Considering the injuries you are recovering from, and the bills associated with the incident, it is important that you seek fair compensation from the responsible party. Our lawyers will represent you in a personal injury lawsuit and insurance claim, through which they will seek compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
It is vital to speak with an experienced attorney when pursuing compensation for a bike accident. We have seen many individuals under-value their claim. By working with Randall & Stump, PLLC, you can be confident that none of your expenses or non-economic injuries go unnoticed or uncalculated. We will thoroughly review your claim and determine a fair value for your damages.
Are You Being Blamed for the Bike Crash?
Or bicycle accident attorneys know that drivers and their insurance companies are not happy to take full responsibility for car and bicycle accidents. Many drivers argue that cyclists are guilty of being ill-prepared for sharing the road. For example, riders may not wear reflective gear despite riding in dim light or at night. The situation might be particularly troublesome if the bike lacked legally required reflectors and lights.
Drivers or their insurers may argue a rider conducted a maneuver that was safe for them, but technically against the law. Any cyclist can tell you that there are strategies riders use to avoid crashes that could get them a ticket. For instance, many states require cyclists to ride as far to the right as possible. Yet this is not always safe or good for visibility. Many cyclists try to ride further into the middle of the lane whenever possible to avoid cluttered curbs, being hit by a door, or going unnoticed by passing cars. Unfortunately, a driver may argue an illegal maneuver is essential negligence.
If you were a cyclist hit by a car and the driver claims you were fully or partially at fault, you should speak with one a bicycle accident lawyer right away. North Carolina is a strict contributory negligence state. This means that if you are even one percent at fault for the crash, you cannot recover compensation, unless it can be shown that the other party had the last clear chance to avoid the accident.
We have handled many bicycle accident claims in which a driver tries to push responsibility onto the victim. We fight hard against allegations of contributory negligence so that our clients receive the compensation they deserve under the law. Do not hesitate to call us for help when the at-fault driver is blaming you for a bike crash.