Injured In a Bicycle Accident?
Our attorneys can fight for you every step of the way
Bicycles are a great way to get around Mobile, Alabama when the weather’s nice. However, cyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Without protective frames, air bags, and seatbelts, bicyclists often sustain serious and life-threatening injuries. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, thousands of bicyclists are fatally injured every year in the United States.
At Dean Waite & Associates, LLC, we’re dedicated to helping injured bicyclists seek the compensation they deserve. We understand the pain and suffering that negligent drivers cause to cyclists and their families. That’s why we will fight for you every step of the way. We have the legal knowledge and experience to tackle the most complex cases. Contact us today to discuss your options.
Pain and suffering caused by driver negligence
Alabama law requires motorists to maintain a 3-foot distance away from bicyclists when passing them. However, some motorists fail to do so when approaching a bicyclist. The result – drivers often fail to see bicyclists or stop in time to avoid a crash. Bicycle accidents are usually attributed to:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Aggressive driving and speeding
- Tired driving
The injuries sustained in bicycle accidents can often take months, and possibly years, to recover from. This can leave injured bicyclists out of work and in physical therapy for a lengthy period of time. The common types of bicycle accident injuries include:
Why hire an attorney?
Bicycles are considered vehicles in Alabama. That means passenger vehicles are required to share the road with them. We urge bicycles to practice caution, ride defensively, wear protective gear, and obey the rules of the road for their own safety. However, you can’t always rely on motorists to do the same. Even the safest bicyclists sustain injuries caused by negligent drivers.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your losses. Your first course of action after your accident should be to exchange insurance information with the driver, take photos of the accident scene (if you’re able to), and call the police. A responding officer will survey the crash scene and write a detailed police report, which can be used as evidence in your insurance claim.
Your next course of action should be to seek medical attention. Even if you feel like you can walk off your injuries, a medical evaluation may reveal underlying complications that could worsen if left untreated.
Lastly, you should consult with an experienced bicycle accident attorney. Don’t attempt to negotiate with the driver’s insurance company. They often only care about keeping their own costs down and will often ask trick questions to downplay or deny your claim. If this happens, you could be forced to pay for your own medical expenses and lost wages.
Why choose us
An attorney at Dean Waite & Associates, LLC can answer any questions the insurance companies have. We can gather crucial evidence to help you build a solid claim and fight for the compensation you deserve. Your claim isn’t just about money. It’s about holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions.
Contact us today for a free, confidential case evaluation, or simply call us toll free at (866) 434-5840 to schedule and appointment. Your case matters to us.