The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 857 bicyclists lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2018. Those who survive these accidents can suffer serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and road rash.
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. A Covington bicycle accident lawyer from Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can protect your right to compensation and build a robust case on your behalf.
Why Hire a Bicycle Accident Lawyer
There are several reasons you may want to hire a bicycle accident lawyer. When you work with our team, we will be responsible for:
Determining the Cause of the Accident
You have to get concrete evidence showing you were not the cause of the accident. Your lawyer will obtain proof, such as the accident details, police and medical records, plus witness statements showing that you were not responsible for the accident. Then, your lawyer presents the proof to a court or the responsible party to help you get financial compensation.
Calculating the Monetary Value of Your Damages
The compensation you are entitled to depends on your accident. You might be able to recover:
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Miscellaneous expenses related to your crash
- Pain and suffe
If you lost a loved one, we can fight for compensation for funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, and medical bills. We can help you file a separate claim for non-economic damages.
Neting Your Compensation
The party responsible for the accident might want to settle your case outside of court. You may receive a settlement offer soon after your accident. It is important to note that this offer is typically much lower than you deserve.
Having a Covington bicycle accident lawyer on your team ensures no one takes advantage of you. Your lawyer can meet the other party and discuss a more suitable settlement for your injuries and other losses.
Presenting Your Case in Front of a Judge
If you and the other party don’t come to a mutual agreement, your case may proceed to court. Here a jury will consider the available evidence and pass judgment as they see fit. A Covington bicycle accident lawyer from our team will present all the evidence they have concerning the case to show why you deserve a settlement.
Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries
According to bicycle accident statistics aggregated from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), common bicycle accident injuries often burden the victim with expensive medical bills and other expenses that they can struggle to pay. Some common bicycle injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Some cyclists neglect to wear helmets as Covington does not have a universal helmet law. However, helmets protect a cyclist’s head in case of an accident. Helmets can prevent serious or even fatal head injury. Even still, it is possible to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) even when wearing a helmet.
A TBI can leave you either temporarily or permanently disabled. Some brain injuries can take years to heal. Severe brain injuries can lead to coma, disability, and death.
Accidents, especially those involving bigger vehicles, can cause a person to fly through the air and land on a hard surface. A hard fall can result in spinal injuries.
That’s because your back and neck experience trauma from the brutal force and lack of cushioning. Spinal injuries can cause permanent disability, such as several types of paralysis and sometimes death.
You can’t control where you land or how hard your landing will be. That can cause injuries such as broken forearms or legs. Sometimes cyclists suffer multiple shattered and broken bones from an accident.
The severity of your injuries depends on several factors, including the speed you were riding, the cause of the accident, how you landed, and the amount of cushioning on the landing surface. In some cases, victims may require amputation.
Sometimes your body can face a trauma from hard objects, such as your handlebars or broken pieces of bones. The trauma can cause internal injuries that can be fatal if not treated in time.
You can break some teeth if your face hits the road forcefully. In other cases, you may suffer a broken jaw or other trauma.
You can suffer road rash when you drag your skin on the road or any rough surface, such as concrete or asphalt. Road rash leaves you with permanent disfigurement and can cause other problems, such as disability or an infection due to the lack of skin protection.
Your loved one may have suffered a fatal injury in a bicycle accident, especially if they injured their head or spine or suffered internal bleeding.
See How a Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help You Today
Our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, so you won’t need to deal with the burden of paying any upfront fees or costs. We only take a percentage once you get a settlement or win your case, so you can work with us with no obligation. Contact us to talk to our legal team serving Covington. You can also fill out our online form to get a free case consultation.
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