Bicycling Accidents Can Forever Change A Victim’s Life
Everyone who has learned how to ride a bike has fallen off at some point and so the idea of being in a bike accident might not seem like a big deal – until you yourself become the victim. The common injuries sustained in a bicycle accident include:
Since the brain is the control center of the body any damage that the soft tissue sustains can permanently affect the victim’s ability to function. Brain damage can limit a person’s ability to speak, eat, walk, and can even impact short and long term memory. Treatments and ongoing care can be quite expensive with some patients requiring $3 million in medical care over their lifetime.
Damage to the spine may include trauma to the spinal cord, the nerves in the spine, or the vertebrae. The injury can result in lifelong pain, tingling, numbness, slowed response time, loss of range of motion, or paralysis. Like brain injuries, spinal trauma can cost millions of dollars to treat over a lifetime.
Even a “simple” break can take weeks to heal and can cost thousands of dollars to treat. If the bone breaks through the muscle and skin, a patient may require extensive surgery and physical therapy and even with the best care possible, they may be maimed for life.
It might seem unrealistic for an amputation to occur because of a bicycle accident but it’s important to remember that may cyclists are run over by vehicles that can cause extreme irreversible damage to appendages.
If you or a loved one have sustained a serious injury like one of the above because of a bicycling accident, compensation may be obtained through a bike accident lawsuit.
What Good Can Come From A Bike Accident Lawsuit?
A bicycle accident lawsuit is a civil lawsuit which the victim can file against the person whose negligence resulted in your accident. For example, the driver of a car would be considered negligent if they were texting behind the wheel of a car and caused a collision because they failed to see a cyclist.
Hit By A Car While Riding My Bike
If your accident was caused by a negligent driver their insurance may cover some of your medical expenses but each policy has limits and once those limits have been met, the insurance company will simply send a letter saying they will no longer pay the bills.
Sadly, cyclists find themselves struggling physically, emotionally, and financially because of the limitations of car insurance policies which is why so many choose to pursue legal action.
Settlement After Being Hit By Car On Bike
Given the fact that bicycles and cars often share the same roadways, accidents involving motor vehicles striking bicycle riders are common, or at least they occur with much more regularity than anyone would want.
Bicycle riders who are struck by cars will often find that one of their only options for achieving a compensation that helps to pay for the damages they suffered is through a bike accident lawsuit. This kind of legal proceeding can award damages that cover all past and expected future losses experienced by the plaintiff.
Losses commonly include lost earnings, physical pain, emotional trauma, and medical expenses. However, the circumstances of each bike accident are different, as are the damages awarded to each victim when their ‘car crash with bike’ claims are successful.
How Quickly Do I Need To File A Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
One of the reasons why it’s important to reach out to an attorney as quickly as possible is that each state has a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations sets the maximum amount of time that a plaintiff has to file their lawsuit.
In Pennsylvania, if you’ve been hurt while riding a bike, the law requires you to make a legal claim within two years of the accident. There are specific circumstances which may make the typical time limit much shorter. For this reason, we highly suggest letting our lawyers review your case and then informing you with regards to how much time you have left to pursue your claim.
How Much Will It Cost Me To Hire An Attorney?
At Justice Guardians we recognize that our clients come to us when they need our help the most which is why we offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency fee. This means that we collect our fee directly from the compensation we help you recover. If we don’t win your case then we don’t get paid. It’s that simple.