Helping Injured Cyclists Secure Compensation
At Bill Easterly & Associates, we know that as a cyclist, you have as much right to the road as motor vehicles. Unfortunately, this right does not always guarantee your safety, as drivers can be careless and negligent around bicyclists. If you are a cyclist who has been injured in an accident with an automobile, pursue justice with the help of a Nashville personal injury attorney from our firm.
Our team has a combined 25 years of experience in personal injury law, over which we have compiled a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to win. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients and are ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. You should not have to suffer the damages caused by another’s negligence. Take action today.
How Our Lawyers Can Help With Your Bicycle Accident Case
Our priority is to take on the burden of dealing with the important legal and financial issues so that you can focus on your health and recovering from your bicycle accidents. Crashes that involve cars and bicycles usually cause serious injuries. The recovery period is often long and difficult. You don’t need the added stress of dealing with insurance companies while you’re trying to heal.
At Bill Easterly & Associates, our dedicated personal injury lawyers stand like a shield between you and the chaos that can follow a bicycle accident. Our experienced legal team will:
- Collect evidence from all parties, documenting your bicycle accident and what caused it.
- Gather medical records and special evaluations if necessary to document the extent of your injuries, your long-term prognosis, rehabilitation needs, and required assistance.
- Interview to witnesses to establish how the accident occurred and who was to blame for the accident.
- Call on our team of experts to reconstruct the accident or provide special insights that could prove valuable in your case.
- Manage all communications and negotiations with the other insurance company for the party responsible for your accident, keeping you safely out of the crossfire.
- Pursue every avenue for maximum compensation to demand justice from all responsible parties.
While you are focused on putting your life back together after a serious bicycle accident, you can relax knowing that that the committed Nashville bicycle accident attorneys at Bill Easterly & Associates will stand up for your rights and seek the compensation you need.
The general rule of cycling is that cars must share the road with bicyclists, but cyclists should stay on the far right side of the road or in a designated bike lane. A bicyclist can move away from the right if they need to make a left turn or avoid obstructions, or if he or she can meet the speed of traffic.
While the side-of-the-road law is generally effective for sharing the road safely, it can also be hazardous.
Common bicycle accidents related to side-of-the-road laws include:
- Colliding with open doors of parked cars
- Being hit by cars making right-hand turns
- Impact with cars and trucks that attempt to pass
Who Is Liable for a Bicycle Accident at an Intersection?
Among the most common of all accidents involving bicyclists are collisions at intersections. Liability is primarily determined by right-of-way rules. As bicycles are considered vehicles, cyclists are responsible for adhering to the same laws of right-of-way that drivers must honor. However, there are different factors that can contribute to liability. For example, an accident can occur when a car makes a right turn and a bicyclist is going straight through the intersection.
Due to the side-of-the-road laws, a bicyclist must stay to the right side, even when approaching an intersection. This can be extremely dangerous when cars turn right into the path of a cyclist, especially if a diver is not paying attention. If a car passes a bike and immediately turns right, cutting them off, the right-of-way laws are not necessarily applicable. In these instances, it will usually be determined that the driver was not adequately paying attention to his or her surroundings.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Recover After a Bike Accident?
If you have been injured in a bike crash that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, property damages, and other losses you suffer as a result of the accident.
Depending on the damages and injuries that you suffered as a result of the bicycle accident, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Therapy or rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship/consortium
There are some limits in Tennessee on how much you can recover for your injuries, any potential shared blame aside. The maximum you can recover in non-economic damages (damages that are difficult to quantify such as pain and suffering) for most injuries is $750,000.
If your injuries or losses are considered catastrophic, the maximum you can recover is $1 million.
What If I Was Partly to Blame for the Bicycle Accident?
Tennessee is known as an “at fault” jurisdiction for the purposes of allocating blame. In practice, this means that you can recover on a claim for compensation for your injuries and other damages as long as the other party was more at fault than you were.
This is called the “49% rule.” As long as you were 49% or less to blame, you can recover compensation for your damages. However, the amount you are claiming will be reduced by the percentage to which you are determined to be at fault. For example, if you are claiming $100,000 in damages, and the court determines that you were 30% to blame, then the maximum you can recover would be $70,000.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicycle riders are particularly vulnerable to injury because of the exposure they have to direct contact with other vehicles or objects and the proximity they share the road with other larger vehicles.
Serious injuries and sometimes death can result from a collision of a bike with a motor vehicle. Most fatalities and injuries resulting in long-term disability from bike crashes occur as a result of head injuries.
But there are many other injuries that are common for riders who are in bike accidents. For instance:
- Fractured clavicle
- Broken leg
- Hand fracture
- Brain injury
- Elbow fracture
- Head and neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Neurological damage
- Disc bulge or ruptured disc
- Spinal cord injuries
- Joint dislocation
- Dental and jaw injuries
Many injuries are unavoidable when it comes to a collision with a car or other vehicle, but you can protect yourself by always wearing a helmet and protective clothing, and always being aware of the vehicles around you.
Work With a Bike Injury Attorneys That Is Dedicated To You
Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that drivers who fail to share the road with bicyclists are held accountable for the injuries they cause. If you have been injured in an accident with a negligent driver in Nashville, we want to help you seek justice.
Our Nashville bike accident injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not have to pay us unless and until we recover compensation for you. We will fight aggressively and efficiently to secure the full compensation for your injuries.
You have nothing to lose by getting started. Call us to schedule your free case evaluation.