While people often believe that it is a safe activity to ride a bicycle, that is not always the case. Bike accidents can result in serious injuries or even death. In fact, nearly 1,000 bicyclists were killed in 2019 alone due to collisions with motor vehicles. This figure does not include the thousands that survived but were seriously injured in a similar bicycle crash. If you or a loved one has been hurt while riding your bike, you need to speak with a bicycle accident attorney who can fight to get you justice and the settlement you deserve.
At The Ruth Law Team, we understand that your accident may have resulted in substantial physical and mental trauma in addition to medical expenses and lost wages. Our experienced bicycle accident lawyers can help you navigate this trying and difficult time by providing expert legal guidance. We will help you through the complexities of filing a personal injury claim as we aggressively fight for your rights. Our goal is to obtain the proper compensation so that you can focus on more important things like making a full recovery.
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Common Causes of Bike Accidents
Since bicyclists are at an increased risk of injury in an accident, it is important to understand the main causes of these incidents. Even the most safety-conscious bicyclists can be involved in a bike accident. These accidents are often the result of negligence on the part of the motor vehicle owner. Some of the most common factors that contribute to a bike accident are:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failing to leave enough space for cyclists
- Driving too fast
- Reckless driving
- Changing lanes without checking for cyclists
- Turning without looking in both directions
- Ignoring traffic control devices
- Failing to yield
- Fatigue (driving without enough sleep)
- Carelessly drifting into the bike lane
- Not sharing the road
If you have had the unfortunate experience of being involved in a bike accident, The Ruth Law Team may be able to help. Our experienced bicycle injury attorneys can evaluate your claim and fight for justice on your behalf. Call (888) 783-8378 for a free consultation and speak with an attorney today!
What Happens Next?
At The Ruth Law Team, we understand that this is likely your first time suffering a serious injury. We also know that it may be your first time seeking legal counsel, which can be a bit intimidating. However, our goal is to help make your life easier and seek justice on your behalf. When you partner with us, our bike accident attorneys will be with you every step of the way. We use a three-step process that has been proven to get results for our clients. This process includes:
In order to file an injury claim, we must first demonstrate that the accident caused you hardship. That is why the first step to any personal injury case involves gathering documents. Our team will obtain medical bills, medical records, and insurance information. We will also collect any other documents that may be pertinent to your case.
By gathering documents, we will be able to prove that you suffered injuries and that those injuries resulted in medical bills. This lays the groundwork for your personal injury claim. It will also provide a good baseline for our bike accident attorneys when they begin to negotiate a settlement.
After we have laid the groundwork for your claim, we will go on a fact-finding mission. We will start this by collecting any police reports, security footage, dash cam video, and other evidence that is pertinent to your case. We will use this information during the negotiation phase and, if necessary, during trial.
During our investigation, we may also subpoena driving records, revisit the crash scene, and obtain records from the city. This is important because the city may share some liability for your injuries. For example, if the city failed to properly maintain the bike lanes or otherwise facilitate the safe travel of cyclists, then they should be held accountable.
The negotiation phase is the final step in achieving justice. Our bike accident attorneys will meet with the defense team outside of the courtroom. The goal of this is to achieve a quick resolution to your case. When we receive an offer, we will present it to you. If you are not satisfied with the offer, we will go back to the negotiating table.
While our attorneys are expert negotiators, the defense will not always make a fair offer. When this happens, we can take your case to trial and present it to jurors. If the jurors rule in your favor, then you will be awarded a sum of money. While no outcome is guaranteed, The Ruth Law Team has an excellent track record of success.
Contact an Experienced Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Being involved in a bike accident can impact you for the rest of your life. That is why it is essential to hold any involved parties accountable for the damages that they have caused by contacting The Ruth Law Team at (888) 783-8378 for a free review of your case by one of our bike accident lawyers. Let us put our experience and resources to work for you so you can focus on putting your life back together.
Settlement for Bicyclist in Dunedin
Our firm recovered $339,000 for a bicyclist who injured his back when he was hit by a careless driver. His injuries required back surgery. The careless driver carried $100,000 in insurance limits and our client received those policy limits from the at fault driver. On the eve of trial, our client’s own insurance company paid $229,000 from the client’s under-insured motorist policy after the insurance company originally denied the claim.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bike Accidents
If you were injured in a bike crash, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. With that being said, every case is different. The best way to find out whether you should hire an attorney is to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys will review your case for free. At the end of the review, they can let you know whether you have grounds to file a claim. When in doubt, give us a call and let us take it from there.
Being involved in a bike crash is a terrifying experience. If you were involved in a bike accident, the last thing you need to worry about is paying for an attorney. Fortunately, The Ruth Law Team works on a contingent-fee basis. This means that our attorneys will take your case with no upfront costs.
We will work your case from start to finish, and will not charge a dime unless we recover compensation for you. If your case goes to trial, you will not owe us anything unless we win. Once your case is resolved, we will charge a fee based on your total settlement.
The first thing that you should do after being involved in any type of accident is to seek medical attention. This is especially important after a bike accident because you generally have minimal physical protection. Even if you do not feel any immediate symptoms, it is best to be evaluated by a medical professional. Oftentimes, a surge of adrenaline can hide potential injuries.
After you have addressed any pressing medical concerns, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury attorney. This is the best way to seek justice and ensure that any at-fault parties are held accountable for their actions. Remember, The Ruth Law Team will review your case free of charge. We recommend you speak to an attorney prior to talking with any insurance companies.
You can ultimately help to decide whether your case will go to trial. During the negotiation phase, your bicycle injury lawyer will present any settlement offer to you. If you choose to accept it, then we will pass that on to the defense and resolve your case. If they fail to make a fair offer, then we are fully prepared to take your case to trial.
During a trial, we will present the evidence gathered during the document collection and investigation phases to the jurors. We will compose compelling arguments and demonstrate why you deserve compensation. While we cannot guarantee the outcome of any case, our bicycle lawyers have a great track record of success.
Yes, The Ruth Law Team has tried virtually every type of vehicle accident case imaginable, including those involving bicycles. We have recovered over $65 million for clients (since 2014 alone) that were injured in vehicle accidents.
While every case is different, our skilled bicycle attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to obtain justice for you. We are well known throughout the legal community. When you show up with The Ruth Law Team, the defense will take notice.
It depends. If your state requires that bicyclists wear helmets, then it may influence your claim. However, it will not automatically disqualify you from filing a personal injury suit. This is especially true if the driver was clearly at fault. During a bike crash, the cyclist typically has multiple injuries. Even if you were wearing a helmet and protective gear, being struck by a vehicle can still cause great bodily harm.
No, but it is important that you have the proper safety equipment on your bicycle when you ride at night. Safety equipment should include a white light on the front of your bicycle and a red flashing light on the back. It is important to note that bicycle lighting requirements vary from state to state. With that being said, staying in compliance with state law can help to reduce your risk of being involved in a bike crash. If you did not have proper safety equipment on your bike during the accident, it may impact the strength of your claim.
Our bike accident lawyers will work diligently to bring your case to a rapid conclusion. Your case will be resolved with greater speed if the defense makes a fair and acceptable settlement offer. While we are fully prepared to take your case to trial, doing so will take more time.
Other parties may have contributed to your injuries. For example, if the person that struck you was intoxicated, then the establishment that served them alcohol may be liable in what’s known as a dram shop case. During the investigation phase, our bike accident attorneys will gather any information that is pertinent to your case. If another party contributed to the crash, we will make every effort to hold them accountable, as well.
You may be able to file a claim against the municipality in which your crash occurred. If the city failed to provide a safe means of bicycle travel or failed to maintain working traffic signals, then they may share some fault for the incident. Your bike accident lawyer will ensure that they explore every avenue and will hold all involved parties accountable, even if it means filing suit against the governing body of the city.
Bike Accident Lawyer
Over the years, The Ruth Law Team has helped thousands of clients obtain justice. Our attorneys can provide you with valuable legal guidance during your hour of need. The attorneys of The Ruth Law Team include:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
Bike Accident Attorneys in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota
Our experienced bike accident attorneys can meet with you in person, virtually, over the phone, or you can schedule a meeting at any one of our locations:Florida Georgia Minnesota