Due to the lack of protection surrounding them when riding, cyclists who are involved in accidents often suffer a catastrophic injury. At Moore Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers have recovered compensation for clients in hundreds of bicycle accident cases. We understand how stressful the physical, emotional, and financial ramifications of being injured can be. Our bicycle accident attorneys fight to help you recover maximum compensation for your damages so you can focus on healing and moving on with your life.
Common Types of Bicycle Accidents
As a cyclist, it’s critical to stay alert on the road, but even the most conscientious riders can be injured due to someone else’s negligence. Our Mobile bicycle accident attorneys handle claims involving all types of bicycle crashes, including:
Left turn accidents: Thousands of cyclists and motorcyclists are injured or killed in these types of accidents each year. Left turn accidents often occur at intersections because a motorist misjudges a cyclist’s speed or doesn’t see them at all.
Right turn accidents: Cyclists are often injured when riding to the right of traffic as well. Motorists may swerve into or try to turn right in front of a cyclist, which can cause serious accidents and injuries.
Passing accidents: Impatient drivers who try to pass cyclists can miscalculate distance and end up causing a collision. This sort of collision
Rear-end collisions: A cyclist may be injured when a car tailgates from behind and fails to stop in time to avoid a collision.
“Dooring” accidents: When someone opens the door of a vehicle unexpectedly, a cyclist may run into it and become injured. These accidents are especially common in urban areas, and in areas that lack dedicated lanes for cyclists.
Distracted driving accidents: Talking on the phone, texting, and looking down to adjust controls are all forms of distracted driving that can cause a motorist to hit and injure a cyclist.
DUI accidents: The consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be deadly. Impaired drivers pose a grave risk to cyclists, pedestrians, and other motorists.
No-contact accident: A motorist’s negligence can cause a bicycle accident, even if there is no actual contact between the motorist’s vehicle and the victim’s bicycle. Aggressive or negligent driving by a motorist that causes a cyclist to take evasive maneuvers and subsequently crash may be the basis for a claim.
Accidents caused by another cyclist: A bicycle accident doesn’t have to be caused by a motor vehicle – these accidents can also be caused by the negligence or malice of a fellow cyclist. Whether the crash happened on a road, trail, or elsewhere, you may have a claim if that crash was the fault of another cyclist.
Types Of Injuries Sustained In Bicycle Accidents
Injuries sustained in bike accidents can be life-altering. Even if you’re wearing a helmet, serious head, neck, and brain injuries can occur. Other common injuries associated with biking accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Compound fractures
- Road rash
- Injuries to the face, eyes, mouth, and teeth
Catastrophic injuries often require costly surgeries, hospital stays, rehabilitation, and ongoing care. Our bicycle accident attorneys understand how to accurately value your personal injury claim to include long-term medical expenses. In addition, we fight to recover maximum compensation for your lost income, permanent injury or disfigurement, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim.
How Our Attorneys Can Help After A Bicycle Accident
The moments after a bicycle accident can be confusing and overwhelming. It can be easy to forget important steps like taking photos, collecting witness statements, contributing to the accident report, and documenting your injuries. After any accident, it’s vital to seek medical treatment first, then consult an attorney as soon as possible. Our bicycle accident attorneys at Moore Law Firm help you understand your rights, explore all available insurance coverage, and pursue every possible means of compensation for you.
Personal injury cases are often complex. Our team gets started immediately by investigating the scene of the accident, which can include taking photos, obtaining witness statements, doing extensive defendant background checks, obtaining police reports, and tracking down all information and evidence that’s relevant to your bicycle accident case. The burden of proof in personal injury cases rests on the plaintiff. That’s why it’s vital to have a skilled litigator who employs winning legal strategies that plainly demonstrate why the negligent party is liable for your injuries.
Understanding Insurance Coverage
In Alabama, it’s estimated that nearly 25 percent of drivers are uninsured. Many bicycle accident victims with auto insurance coverage are unaware that in addition to filing a bicycle accident claim with the negligent party’s insurance company, they may recover compensation for their injuries from their own motor vehicle policy. This is often the case when the person who caused the accident is uninsured, under insured, or hit and run driver. At Moore Law Firm, we’ve handled personal injury claims involving uninsured and under insured motorists for more than 35 years.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
Unfortunately, insurance companies are not looking out for your best interests and often try to minimize or deny bicycle accident claims. Even your own insurance company may try to deny a valid claim if you have been injured. It can be frustrating and confusing to figure out how to pursue compensation from insurance companies, especially if you’ve been injured by a driver who is uninsured or under insured.
Having an attorney with a proven track record of success in your corner could help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve. Our personal injury lawyers are well-versed in common tactics that insurance companies employ to try to deny valid bicycle accident claims. Whether negotiating with insurance companies or litigating your bicycle accident lawsuit in court, our team acts as your staunch advocate, fights to protect your rights, and works to recover a fair settlement for you.
How Do I Pay For My Bicycle Accident Case?
Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means there are no up-front costs to pursue your case. You won’t owe attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. Your initial consultation is free. We are happy to answer any questions and discuss any concerns you may have about your personal injury claim. We give you a straightforward assessment of your bicycle accident case in terms that are easy to understand.
Contact Our Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Since 1985, Moore Law Firm has helped more than 12,000 personal injury victims pursue compensation for their damages. Our team is dedicated to providing competent, compassionate legal support, and giving you and your family the personalized attention you deserve. Our bicycle accident lawyers are committed to fighting for your rights and helping you recover maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, our personal injury attorneys in Mobile, AL can help. Call Moore Law Firm today at 251-445-7602 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.