If you or a loved one have been hurt in a bicycle accident, you could be entitled to some form of compensation. A Springfield bicycle accident lawyer could evaluate your case and help you figure out your path forward. You just have to call the Fitch Law Firm LLC at (937) 247-6521 and ask for a free consultation. We do not receive payment unless we help our clients recover damages.
The Impact of Bicycle Accidents
While bicycle trips only make up one percent of the total trips in the United States each year, accidents involving bicycles can be quite common and traumatic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1,000 cyclists died in accidents in 2015. On top of that, there were around 467,000 related injuries.
Looking at data from 2010 also paints a bleak financial picture. In that year, crash-related injuries to bicyclists caused $10 billion in lifetime medical costs and lost productivity. Even a minor bicycle accident can have enduring medical and economic effects on your life, and that is why our law firm wants to help.
Common Injuries in Bicycle Accidents
Bicycles are treated just like other vehicles on the road, and as such, are expected to follow the same rules. Even though they have a right to be on the road, bicycles lack any of the safety features and protections a car would have. Without a steel frame and body, bicyclists are at a greater danger to suffer severe injuries when in an accident.
Bicyclists may suffer from any number of minor to serious injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Neck, back, or spine injuries
- Broken hips, skull, arms, legs, and wrists
- Lost limbs
- Lost bodily functions
- Internal bleeding or organ failure
- Lacerations, scrapes, and bruises
- Soft tissue injuries
Sadly, accidents involving bicycles can also result in the loss of a loved one.
The Damages You May Pursue in a Springfield Bicycle Accident
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, you may be able to pursue multiple types of damages. You may pursue compensation for medical bills. A bicycle accident can leave you hospitalized, and those bills can add up quickly. Even if you do not end up in the hospital, you may end up having to pay for doctor visits or for prescription drugs that can help you with your painful injuries. If the reckless behavior of someone else led to your injury, you could pursue damages that cover any medical bills that resulted from your accident.
An injury from a bicycle accident could keep you out of work, but you still need to pay your monthly bills. You can also pursue damages covering the wages you lost while you were recovering from your injuries. In addition, an injury from a bicycle accident may also have long-term effects. A painful injury that continues to affect your comfort and ability to move could also affect your ability to work, and that could mean that you have lost future earnings. Awards from your lawsuit can cover these lost potential wages.
If your bicycle requires expensive repairs or an outright replacement after your accident, you may be entitled to additional damages covering the cost of your damaged property.
At the same time, an injury from your bicycle accident may affect your ability to take part in activities you once loved, such as bicycling. If you realize that your accident has stopped you from enjoying past activities, that loss of enjoyment is important and should be recognized.
Your awarded damages could even cover any other pain and suffering that you have experienced because of your accident.
If you would like a free case consultation, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC at (937) 247-6521 today.
A Springfield Bicycle Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
If you decide to pursue damages after an accident, a lawyer can help you. Our Springfield bicycle accident lawyers can handle all aspects of your suit. We can gather the evidence needed to show that you were wronged in some way and deserve compensation for your injuries. This evidence can include surveillance footage from the scene of the accident, eyewitness accounts, and police reports.
From that evidence, we may be able to show who was liable for your bicycle accident and why you are owed damages. Accidents have many potential causes. If another party involved in your bicycle accident was engaging in risky behavior, like ignoring speed limits or texting while driving, they could be held liable for your pain and suffering.
We can also communicate with all of the parties involved. Whether it is the insurance companies or the other people involved in your bicycle accident, we talk to everyone for you and keep you updated on any movement in your case. Our primary goal is to secure a fair settlement offer that covers your damages for you. If we cannot do that, we will take your case to court and fight for you there.
Ohio’s Statute of Limitations
Something you may not realize about personal injury cases is that you actually do not have unlimited time to file a lawsuit in the state of Ohio. Ohio Revised Code (ORC) § 2305.10 sets the statute of limitations at two years, meaning that if the deadline passes, you can no longer pursue damages.
This may seem like a long time, but as you recover from your injuries, get back to work, and overall just try to return to your normal life, time can pass quickly. We can make sure that you do not miss your chance to file a suit.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Now that you know more about how a Springfield bicycle accident lawyer can help you, it may be time for you to call the Fitch Law Firm LLC for your free consultation. Our team is ready to give you the information that you need to move forward. Call us at (937) 247-6521 and learn more about your options today, and remember, we do not charge you until you receive a settlement.