Columbus Bicycle Accident Attorneys
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If you were injured in a bike accident that was caused by another person's negligence, you may have the right to pursue a claim against the at-fault party. But personal injury matters such as these can be extremely complex. You must follow various steps and rules to ensure you successfully pursue your case and seek just compensation. Thankfully, you do not have to handle your case alone. You can have an attorney by your side, providing the sound advice and counsel you need.
For experienced legal representation, reach out to Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly. Our bike accident lawyers in Columbus are passionate about seeking just results for clients injured because of another's reckless or negligent acts. When we take on a case, we put in the time, effort, and resources needed to build a solid legal strategy and present a compelling argument. You can trust that when you turn to us, you will have a zealous advocate on your side, working extremely hard toward obtaining the fair compensation you need and deserve.
Causes of Bike Accidents
Under Ohio law, cyclists are considered vehicles and must follow the same rules of the road as cars and other motor vehicles. At the same time, drivers need to be vigilant, and share the road with cyclists and engage in the same safe driving behaviors around them as they would when driving near another automobile. Unfortunately, when motorists are negligent in their duty of care, they can get into accidents with bicyclists, which can cause significant harm to the biker.
In 2018, Ohio had more than 146 fatal and serious injury bike accidents. During that same year, there were 857 fatal bicycle accidents nationally.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal bike accidents resulted from:
- Cyclists being struck by the front of a vehicle
- Cyclists being struck by the right side of a bus or large truck
Cyclists and motorists being under the influence of alcohol
- In 2017, 20% of cyclists and 16% of drivers involved in bike accidents had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher
The NHTSA's data showed that, in 2017, although many fatal bicycle crashes occurred in intersections (27%) a majority did not happen in such a location (63%).
About 10% of fatal bike accidents occurred:
- On the side of the road
- In parking lanes
- On sidewalks
- On medians
- In driveway ramps
- On trails
At Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly, we can review every detail of your case – where it occurred, how it occurred, who was involved – to determine liability and pursue a claim against the correct party.
The Process for Filing a Bike Accident Claim
If the driver of a motor vehicle was responsible for your bicycle accident, to seek just compensation, you must submit a claim with their insurance. It's important you document everything that happened at the time of the crash. It's also crucial that you seek medical care as soon as possible after the collision. Although you might not believe you were injured, a medical professional can identify harm that's not immediately apparent. The evidence and records you collect will serve to support your claim for compensation. Our Columbus bicycle accident attorneys can gather and prepare the necessary paperwork, allowing you to focus on your healing.
After your claim's filed, you and your attorney will enter into negotiations with the at-fault party's insurance. As you are working toward recovering a fair settlement amount, the insurer will be trying to pay out as little as possible. The back and forth can be challenging, but our team will persist to seek the compensation you deserve.
Should negotiations be unsuccessful, your matter may be taken to trial, where a judge or jury will decide whether to award compensation and in what amount. Our dedicated and tenacious trial lawyers can present a compelling case on your behalf in court.
Fighting to Protect Your Rights
At Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly, we can keep your best interests in mind as we work toward obtaining a favorable result for you.
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