Whether as a primary mode of transportation or just a great way to get some exercise and fresh air, bicycles offer a multitude of benefits that other vehicles cannot match. Unlike cars and trucks, they leave no carbon footprint and require no expensive visits to the gas pump. They can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, and they’re immune to traffic jams. All in all, there are very few downsides to riding a bike.
Unfortunately, the biggest downside is often beyond the control of the bicyclists. Because bicycles offer no external protection, even bicycle riders who protect themselves from head to toe with the best available safety gear are at extremely high risk of serious injury or even death in the event of a collision with a car, truck, or other motor vehicle. And all too often, such collisions are the result of negligence on the part of the operator of the motor vehicle, who more often than not walks away with minor injuries, if any at all.
Bicyclists have the same rights to our roadways as the drivers of cars, trucks, buses, vans, and motorcycles. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, or if a member of your family has been injured or killed in such an accident, the personal injury lawyers of the Charpentier Law Firm will fight to ensure that justice is served on your behalf. Our attorneys in Melbourne handle bike accident litigation with skill and tenacity, working tirelessly to present the strongest cases possible in pursuit of the full measure of damages to which our clients are entitled.
For further information about bicycle accident litigation, or to arrange for an evaluation of your case, please contact the Charpentier Law Firm today.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Anyone who operates a vehicle, whether a bicycle or a motor vehicle, has both rights and responsibilities. Among the most important of these responsibilities are vigilance and a keen awareness of other vehicles sharing the road. Unfortunately, many operators of motor vehicles fail to watch out for bicycles, even when there is a designated bicycle lane adjacent to the lane in which they are driving.
This, of course, can lead to potentially catastrophic collisions. Specifically, bicycle accidents are often caused by motorists:
- Making an unsafe turn at an intersection
- Suddenly opening a door in the pathway of the bicyclist
- Colliding with the bicycle from behind
- Side-swiping the bicycle
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Being distracted by cell phone use or other technology and swerving into the bicyclist’s path
Whatever the cause of the collision, our auto accident lawyers can use our extensive resources to investigate and reconstruct the accident and pinpoint the negligent action that resulted in the bicyclist’s injuries.
Possible Damages in Bicycle Accident Cases
The only way for our lawyers to estimate the damages to which you may be entitled is to conduct a thorough review of your case. In general, however, injured bicyclists are often able to obtain compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
In cases of wrongful death, the family of the deceased may also be entitled to damages for funeral costs and future losses and expenses that can be reasonably projected.
Learn More about Bike Accident Litigation
To learn more about bike accident litigation or to schedule a case review with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, please call or email the Charpentier Law Firm today.