You may feel as though you are riding safely on your bicycle, sticking primarily to bike trails and avoiding the majority of public roads. However, it is almost impossible for a bicyclist to completely avoid sharing the road or an intersection with a motor vehicle.
Should a motor vehicle have hit you while you were riding your bicycle, you have the right to seek damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. By hiring a Dayton bicycle accident lawyer, you will be able to present your side of the story and the facts about your medical condition to the driver’s insurance company and in court, if necessary.
After receiving medical care and a treatment plan from your doctor, you can use those facts to seek the fairest possible settlement from the insurance company representing the other driver. The Fitch Law Firm LLC can put together a strong case, helping you win the awards you deserve. Contact us for a free case review today at (937) 660-4232.
Common Problems Cyclists Face
Bicycle riders face quite a few potential issues when sharing the road with motor vehicles, any of which could lead to a serious accident.
Sometimes, a driver is texting on a smartphone, eating a sandwich, or otherwise preoccupied with something going on in their car, diverting his or her attention away from the roadway. This behavior can lead to serious crashes, according to the American Automotive Association (AAA).
In a case like this, the driver may not see the cyclist until it is too late to swerve or stop, hitting the bicycle at nearly full speed. This can be devastating to the health of the cyclist, causing broken bones, internal injuries, and head trauma.
Intersection Right of Way
When a cyclist is legally crossing the street using the crosswalk at an intersection, the motor vehicle driver has an obligation to stop. By the same token, the motor vehicle driver must yield when the cyclist is riding on the road through an intersection and has the right of way.
Failure of the driver to give the cyclist the right of way in an intersection could lead to a crash with injuries.
If a motor vehicle operator is driving with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, this driver is violating Ohio Revised Code § 4511.19. This level of BAC or higher can lead to mistakes behind the wheel, such as impaired judgment, inaccurately calculating distances to objects, and negligent behavior.
Meeting All Lawsuit Deadlines
In the state, according to Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10, anyone seeking damages in a personal injury lawsuit must begin the process within two years. Failure to meet deadlines set forth in state law can cause you to lose your right to seek damages, although there are exceptions to the rules.
As a Dayton bicycle accident lawyer, our team can ensure that your case remains on track. The Fitch Law Firm LLC knows how to hit any deadlines you are facing, ensuring the insurance company does not stall and cost you a chance at a fair settlement. Call us at (937) 660-4232 for a free review of your situation.
How an Attorney Can Help Your Case
No one is forced to hire an attorney after a bicycle accident in which an injury occurs. If your injuries were minor, you may be able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company for the negligent driver and receive a quick settlement.
However, when your injuries are more severe, and you could be facing a long rehabilitation process, along with missing work, it can be difficult to perform the negotiations on your own. An attorney can do quite a bit of work on your behalf, giving you the representation you need toward helping you receive a fair settlement.
- Negotiate: the attorney can take over the negotiations with the driver’s insurance company, saving you some time and giving you a chance to focus on your family and healing.
- Investigate: if the facts in the case do not completely show that the driver of the motor vehicle is fully to blame for the crash, you and your attorney can investigate what happened and strengthen your case to show that the driver acted negligently.
- Determine compensation: the attorney can help you figure out a fair amount to demand for your settlement based on such factors as the amount of time you have missed work and the future medical bills you may be facing.
- Represent you in court: if the insurer refuses to come to a fair settlement offer, your attorney can represent you in a court case, working toward helping you receive the best possible settlement.
Should more than one party be responsible for your injuries, your attorney can ensure that others become part of the lawsuit too.
Let Us Work Toward Helping You Receive a Fair Settlement
Because a cyclist does not have the safety gear and technological design advantages found in a motor vehicle, any type of accident can be devastating, creating injuries that may not heal properly and causing a significant reduction in your quality of life going forward.
Although bicycle accidents are not frequent, the danger to the cyclist is clear. The speed and weight of a motor vehicle can cause significant health problems for the bicycle rider. Consider hiring a Dayton bicycle accident lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm LLC to represent your interests in negotiations over a settlement. Call us at (937) 660-4232 today for a free consultation.