Tacoma Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Helping Clients Through the Process of Personal Injury Claims Following Bike Accidents
Those who ride bikes and motorcycles are likely to suffer more serious injuries than those in the protected confines of other motor vehicles like cars, trucks, and buses. Whereas a simple rear-ending car accident may result in a bent bumper and no injuries for motorists, the same type of traffic accident may hurl a bicyclist through the air, resulting in horrific injuries.
Bike riders who suffered injuries from a collision or crash because of the negligent actions of an at-fault party have the legal right to seek compensation in settlement negotiations. This compensation can help pay the medical bills that the accident victim’s insurance coverage did not cover on its own and also go towards helping to pay for the pain and suffering caused by the bike crash.
If you’re injured in a bicycle accident, you should not have to take legal action on your own. You should be allowed time to heal and recover while your bicycle accident lawyer handles the complicated nature of the case, including getting the insurance company to do the right thing, holding the at-fault driver responsible, and providing legal representation for you if your case goes to trial.
The Tacoma bicycle accident lawyers of the South Sound Law Group have years of experience representing clients across the state of Washington with their personal injury claims and bicycle crash cases. We can provide you with guidance on how to proceed with your case and how you might come to the most beneficial outcome as a result of this misfortune.
What Are Common Bicycle Accident Injuries?
Bicycle accidents put their riders in harm’s way, as they have little in the way of protection beyond their bike helmet and any potential elbow or knee pads.
Common injuries for cyclists include:
- Broken bones and fractures.
- Glass cuts when a cyclist impacts the windshield of another motor vehicle.
- Internal bleeding, organ failure, and soft tissue injuries.
- Loss of special senses, including sight, hearing, and speech.
- Partial or complete paralysis.
- Road rash, burns, scrapes, cuts, and lacerations.
- Spinal cord injuries and ruptured discs.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
If you’ve suffered a personal injury as the result of a bicycle accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation from negligent drivers and other responsible parties. Please schedule a free consultation with the bicycle accident lawyers of the South Sound Law Group for legal advice on how to proceed.
What Are Typical Causes for Bicycle Crashes in the State of Washington?
Bicyclists who share the roads with other vehicles and pedestrians must know they are at risk. But there are so many things to remain aware of to avoid accidents, and sometimes bad things can and do happen, no matter how cautious we try to be.
Commonly recognized causes for accidents involving bicycles:
- Bicycle equipment malfunction and errors overlooked by bike manufacturers.
- Drivers of other vehicles drifting into bike lanes while bicyclists occupy the bike lane.
- Improperly marked roadways, crosswalks, bike lanes, and right-of-way directions.
- Missing or damaged road signs.
- Negligent drivers who are either driving while distracted or taking unnecessary risks on the roads.
- Night riding is a risk for bicyclists and should be avoided, as they are much harder to see.
- Poor road conditions, including hydroplaning, caused by insufficient road grading.
- Potholes and poor road maintenance.
- The driver of another vehicle who simply does not see the bicyclists riding in their blind spots.
- Unsafe sidewalks and roads.
- Vehicular malfunction and poor maintenance.
Statistically, bicycle accidents are trending downwards in Washington. But certain areas in Seattle and Bellingham remain dangerous locations with a higher number of crashes and injured riders.
The majority of fatal bicycle accidents occur when vehicle drivers attempt to overtake the bike without giving the cyclists proper notice or room to maneuver on the road.
If you’re ever in a bicycle accident, you must first determine if you are badly injured and need urgent medical care. Then, see to the condition of any other injured individuals. If you are able, please gather all necessary legal information from the others involved in the accident and speak to witnesses to document what they saw.
For help with your bike accident claim, schedule a free consultation to speak with a lawyer at the South Sound Law Group in Tacoma, WA.
How Can an Attorney Help You Pursue Compensation?
Those injured in a bicycle accident have legal rights and may seek compensation to help pay for damages, medical bills, lost wages, and any pain suffered. If you were injured by a negligent car driver, then you should not be expected to pay for damage caused to you or your injured family member. You should be allowed to heal while the personal injury lawyers of South Sound Law Group enter into settlement negotiations in an attempt to recover the most beneficial compensation for you and the pain you’ve endured.
These injuries you’ve suffered should not become a new, unbearable weight on your shoulders. But, without a successful personal injury claim and lawsuit, it is possible that your injuries could result in costly, never-ending medical expenses. These expenses should be covered by insurance or the parties responsible for the accident.
It can be difficult to prove negligence or that the drivers of the other vehicles were at-fault for the accident. As your bicycle accident lawyers, South Sound Law Group will gather all relevant evidence needed to help support your accident and injury claims. If the other party has attorneys that are not prepared to budge, then your South Sound Law Group bicycle accident lawyer will utilize all legal tools available to them in pursuit of justice and a fair financial settlement.
Call Our Tacoma Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today
If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident and suffered injuries, you have the legal right to seek compensation and hold responsible parties accountable for the pain and damage caused. However, not only can it be difficult to construct a successful case, but it is also made all the more difficult if you are still recovering from a personal injury.
At South Sound Law Group, our attorneys have years of experience providing legal advice to clients who’ve been injured and are getting little support from their insurance and no cooperation from those to blame for the crashes. As your legal representatives, our lawyers will explore all options available to us as we attempt to help you come to an agreeable conclusion to this most unfortunate turn of events.
Schedule a free consultation with our firm’s team of lawyers and associates to better understand your legal rights and the options you have going forward if you wish to further pursue your case. The case evaluation is free and confidential, and you are under no obligation to retain our lawyers as your legal counsel.
Our law office is located in Tacoma, WA, but our lawyers have experience representing clients all over western Washington. To speak with a bicycle accident lawyer at our firm, please call us to set up your initial consultation at 253-465-2722.