Providence Bicycle Accidents Attorney
Riding a bicycle is a great way to stay fit and have fun. But cycling is more than just a recreational activity. For some people, it is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to get where they need to be. More and more people are committing to commuting to work by bicycle, at least when the weather allows. Others rely on bicycles as their primary means of transportation because they don’t own a car.
Bicycles must usually share the roads with other vehicles, which means that drivers must be alert and avoid crowding or hitting a bicycle. A cyclist, unlike someone riding in a car or truck, has no protection in a crash, and can easily be killed or suffer a catastrophic injury when struck by a much heavier motor vehicle.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash data for 2012 show that more than 700 cyclists were killed in the U.S. in that year, and another 49,000 were injured in accidents involving motor vehicles.
Kinds of Injuries
Virtually any part of the human body may be injured in a bicyclist accident. A cyclist will often be thrown into the road from the impact, sometimes into the path of another car. Some types of injuries that may result when a car strikes a bicycle include:
- Broken bones
- Road burn
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Severe abrasions, contusions, and lacerations
- Crush injuries
Who Is Liable for Your Injuries?
Whoever caused or contributed to the accident in which you were injured may be held liable. This might be an individual, a company, a government department responsible for road maintenance, or a manufacturer of defective equipment. Your lawyer will examine the circumstances of the accident and determine all parties who might have some liability for your injuries, for example:
- The manufacturer, designer, or seller of the bike, if the accident was caused by an equipment defect
- A repair technician who failed to properly fix a problem or who created a dangerous condition during the repair process
- The driver or owner of a vehicle that hit your bicycle
- A person who opened a car door suddenly as you approached, causing you to slam into it
- A government department or contractor charged with the responsibility for maintaining the road
- The owner of an animal that attacked you on your bike
- Anyone who deposited or allowed litter, debris, or some dangerous obstacle in the road
Don’t Wait to Get Help
A prompt investigation of the accident, while evidence is fresh and witnesses are available, is important. Drivers will often try to claim that you were responsible for your own accident. But in many, many cases, bicyclists are injured by drivers who are either distracted and inattentive and fail to observe a cyclist sharing the road, or hurried and impatient, crowding the cyclist off the road, rather than slowing down for the cyclist who is legally using the road and following the rules.
The longer you wait to get help, the more likely it is that witnesses will move away or forget what they saw, that evidence will disappear, and that statutes of limitations will expire, causing your to lose your right to recover compensation. As soon after the accident as possible, seek out the help of an experienced bicycle accident attorney who is skilled in the legal process and understands the importance of assessing both economic and non-economic quality-of-life damages and including them in the negotiating process. You should also make sure that the lawyer you choose has extensive courtroom experience and is willing to go to trial if the case cannot be settled fairly out of court.
Free Review of Your Rhode Island Bicycle Accident Case
You will find the legal experience, negotiating skill, and courtroom acumen that will produce the best outcome for your case when you consult the Resmini law firm in Providence. With more than four decades of experience in personal injury law, Ronald Resmini is a top-rated trial lawyer and member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, with a passion for justice and a long record of success for his clients. We offer a no-fee case review in which we will discuss the details of your accident, answer your questions honestly, and advise you of your legal options. If we accept your case, we will front all the expenses and legal work so you will have no out-of pocket costs. You’ll only pay when we reach a settlement or win a jury award at trial. It is important to act promptly, because Rhode Island law places limits on the time in which you can make a claim. Pick up the phone and call Resmini Law today at (401) 751-8855.