Photo of a wrecked bicycleMost bike accidents involve collisions with a motor vehicle; over two percent of all vehicular fatalities are the result of bicycle accidents. Bicycle crash fatalities increased 15% over last year. The majority of the injuries resulting from bike wrecks are head injuries, including brain injuries, which often results in permanent disabilities or deaths. Other injuries include broken bones, facial trauma, including dental damage, and strains or fractures.

Many of the bicycle accidents are caused by rider error or the driver of a motor vehicle. Other bike injuries and deaths come from unsafe roads, including potholes, or from bicycle design flaws.

Who is at Fault for a Bicycle Accident?

Determining fault for a bicycle accident is the reason a cyclist needs their own attorney. Typically, if a cyclist makes an injury and property damage claim against the driver’s insurance company, that insurance company may dispute that the car driver was at fault for the accident. The insurance company makes money denying and minimizing claims, and they do not typically pay fair and full compensation without the bicyclist standing up for his or her rights. After a bicycle accident, the cyclist should never speak to the driver’s insurance company without a lawyer. Insurance agents are trained to ask leading questions in an attempt to trick injured people into admitting fault or partial fault for a wreck. If you were in a bike accident and the driver’s insurance company reaches out to you, politely tell them you do not wish to speak to them at that time, and that your attorney will be in touch.

Personal injury attorneys for cyclists involved in bike accidents offer free consultations and contingency fee agreements. This means that a person does not need any money up front to hire a qualified attorney.

If you were injured in a bicycle crash or if a loved one was killed in the bike accident, you need a personal injury attorney that understands the emotional and physical toll that this wreck took and that can be aggressive in seeking the compensation that you deserve.

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