Omaha Bicycle Accident Attorney
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.
Car Accident Services
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.
Common Injuries in a Bicycle Accident
No matter how careful you are while riding 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 treatment 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. This is often due to damage caused by another vehicle or object.
- 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.
Proving Negligence and Liability
Negligence refers to an action or inaction that a person takes that is contrary to what a reasonable person would do or not do. For example, if someone drives after drinking too many alcoholic beverages, then he is acting in an unreasonable way and that could be seen as negligent behavior in a court of law. Violating the rules of the road, for vehicles and bicycles, such as crossing the centerline, 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 an accident and injuries, then he or she is legally liable for those damages. If that intoxicated driver struck and injured a bicyclist, then he would be liable for the cyclist’s resulting medical bills, time off from work, pain and suffering, and more.
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 and adjusters seem friendly and helpful, but really 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, and 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.
Injured in a Bicycle Accident? Talk to Us.
After any bike-related incident causing 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. today at (402) 505-8234 and put us to work for you. Your consultation is free, so call today.
- Bicycle Safety - CDC
- Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crash Statistics - Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
- Bicycle Safety - NHTSA
- Bicyclists and Other Cyclists - 2015 Traffic Safety Facts - NHTSA
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