North Carolina Bicycle Accident Lawyer
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bicycle injuries account for 2% of all crash-related injuries. These accidents occur most often in the evenings between 6pm and 9pm. Because there is little protection between the bicyclist and a motor vehicle, the injuries caused by these accidents can be very serious and can include head injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries and even wrongful death. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent party, it is important to contact a North Carolina bicycle accident lawyer from The Paynter Law Firm as soon as possible.
There are two main types of bicycle accidents: 1) falls, and 2) crashes with cars. In both types of cases, you can reduce the likelihood of serious injury by wearing a helmet that properly fits and being prepared before heading out.
The likelihood of bicycle accidents can be reduced by:
- Riding a bike that works properly and is the appropriate size;
- Wearing protective equipment and gear that makes you more visible to others;
- Having a planned route that accounts for traffic and speeds;
- Driving in the same direction as traffic;
- Obeying street signs and signals just as you would in a car; and
- Avoiding distractions such as texting, phone calls or listening to music.
Bicycle accidents that occur as a result of a collision with a motor vehicle tend to result in serious injuries due to the nature of a larger vehicle colliding with the smaller bicycle and the limited protection that a bicycle provides. Victims of bicycle accidents can suffer medical injuries and other damages such as lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and more.
Our North Carolina bicycle accident legal team is experienced in handling these types of accidents and knows the devastating effect they can have on you and your family. We understand that these types of injuries can force you and your family to put your lives on hold, missing work and school while still having to pay bills. And, to make matters worse, the medical bills continue to mount. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, and we are committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve and get back to life as normal.
In North Carolina bicycle accident cases, attorneys may pursue claims for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses such as travel and prescription costs, pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of future earnings, and more. You will want to talk with an experienced attorney to ensure the most success for your case.
Victims of bicycle accidents may be entitled to monetary compensation for their damages, but, in the meantime, they also have a duty to mitigate their damages. This means you are obligated to try and reduce the impact and effects of any losses. Failing to do so may prevent you from recovering the full amount of your damages. Speaking with one of our North Carolina Bicycle Accident attorneys promptly will help ensure you understand your rights, obligations, and legal options.
In addition to failure to mitigate, the party at fault may have other defenses available to them. Don’t try to navigate those defenses alone. The experienced North Carolina bicycle accident attorneys here at The Paynter Law Firm fully understand the available defenses and will ensure you understand the impact that those defenses could have on your case. We are here to advise our clients on all of the issues in their case and to ultimately obtain the best possible outcome for them.
It is essential that you act promptly to pursue your claim. If you delay, the statute of limitations, which limits the amount of time you have to pursue a claim, could prevent you from being successful in your case. In addition, the longer you wait to pursue your claim, the more likely that evidence will be lost, memories will become foggy and investigating and proving the facts of your case will become much more difficult. An important part of pursuing these types of claims is that you act promptly. We know and understand how overwhelming this all can be, and that’s why we walk our client through their rights and options every step of the way. Speak with a North Carolina bicycle accident attorney from our team today to understand your rights. The consultation is free.