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Legal Representation for Victims of Bike Accident Injuries

Few things are as relaxing and enjoyable as letting go of your worries, settling onto a bicycle, and going for a ride. While the wind in your hair and the scent of the world can carry you away from daily life, unfortunately, there is also danger.

Bicycle accidents can be devastating, especially when a motor vehicle is involved. Injuries from bicycle crashes can have major financial and personal costs, often for years to come. Even if you wear a helmet and other protective gear, a violent impact with a car can still do serious damage. Afterward, the other person's insurance company will do everything it can to pay as little as possible, which is why you need an experienced Omaha car accident attorney to represent you and protect your rights. After any bicycle collision, call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 to discuss your case.

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Common Injuries in a Bicycle Accident

No matter how carefully you ride a bike, accidents still happen. Common bike-related injuries include:

  • Brain Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most serious consequences of bicycle crashes. These injuries often require extensive medical attention, along with years of physical therapy and treatments that cost huge amounts of money.
  • Neck and Spinal Cord: Injuries to the neck and spine often cause a great deal of pain, which can require surgery and medication to handle. There is a high risk of partial or complete paralysis with this type of injury.
  • Internal Damage: Such injuries are especially dangerous since they are hard to detect. Surgery is often required to intervene. Untreated organ damage - for example, a ruptured spleen - can kill.
  • Loss of Limb: In some instances, injuries from a bike/vehicle collision can result in the loss of a limb such as a hand, arm, leg, or foot.
  • Broken Bones: While broken bones might not be the most serious injuries possible, they still result in pain and expenses. Medical attention is required, including multiple trips to a doctor to properly mend a broken bone.

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Proving Negligence and Liability

Negligence refers to an action that a person takes that is contrary to what a reasonable person would do. For example, if someone drives after drinking too many alcoholic beverages, he is acting in an unreasonable way, which is seen as negligent behavior in a court of law. Violating the rules of the road, such as crossing the center line, running a red light, failing to yield the right-of-way, or turning without proper signaling, are all examples of potentially negligent conduct.

When someone's negligence is directly responsible for another person’s injuries, they are legally liable for those damages. If that intoxicated driver struck and injured a bicyclist, he would be liable for the cyclist’s resulting medical bills, time off from work, pain and suffering, and more.

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Rules for Cyclists in Nebraska

In the state of Nebraska, bicyclists are expected to follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicles. A bicyclist riding on a highway generally has all of the rights of a vehicle and is subject to the same duties as the driver of a vehicle (some exceptions do exist). These rules have a huge impact on determining liability after a bike accident:

Restricted Highways- Bicyclists are restricted from riding on interstate highways or freeways in Nebraska. A freeway is defined as a full-access controlled highway without any level crossings.

Mandatory Side Path Law- Nebraska has a compulsory side-path regulation that states cyclists should not ride their bicycles on the highway if a usable bike path is adjacent. This rule does not apply when a cyclist is riding on paved road shoulders.

Equipment on Bicycles- All bicycles and riders are required to have the following safety equipment when out on Nebraska roads:

  • Brakes that can stop your bicycle within 25 feet when traveling at 10 mph.
  • A red light or reflector attached to the rear of the bicycle when riding at night.
  • An attached light on the front when riding at night.
  • Reflectors on bicycle wheels, pedals, and/or shoes when riding at night.

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What About Insurance?

While insurance coverage can help after a bicycle accident, ultimately, insurance companies want to pay as little as possible to maximize their profits. Sometimes, the insurance company’s representatives seem friendly and helpful, but their primary goal is to develop evidence that they can use to defeat or minimize your claim. After a wreck, before you sign anything or make any agreements with any insurance company, before you even talk to an at-fault driver’s insurance company, talk to an experienced personal injury attorney. You can easily sign away your rights or accept far less money than you will need to recover if you do not have legal representation.

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Compensation for an Omaha Bicycle Accident Victim

After a bike accident caused by the negligence of another, the victim may recover compensation from the liable party. The most common compensatory damages in bicycle accident cases include:

  • Medical expenses, including costs of emergency services, surgery, X-rays, doctor visits, and prescription medications.
  • Future medical expenses, if you develop a chronic condition or long-term disability.
  • Lost wages from missed work due to the injury.
  • Future lost income, if you are unable to return to work.
  • Rehabilitative services like physical therapy and/or assistive devices like prosthetics, wheelchairs, canes, and more.
  • Pain and suffering.

After any bike-related incident causes you injury, you deserve to have a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer by your side to make sure your rights are protected. Call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 and put us to work for you. Your consultation is free, so call today.

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