Despite being protected by the law, bicyclists are still at a disadvantage on the road due to their smaller size and lack of physical protection. If a driver doesn’t look for a cyclist, doesn’t leave enough room, or fails to yield, the consequences can be severe.
Kaine Law’s Covington bicycle accident lawyers can’t change a driver’s decisions. However, we can hold negligent drivers accountable. We look out for you even if they don’t.
Bike Accident Attorneys Translate Your Experience Into Compensation
Treating bicycle injuries can be expensive, but you shouldn’t have to worry about the cost. If someone else caused your accident, you could qualify to receive funds for:
- Emergency department visits
- Diagnostic testing
- Medical equipment
- Physical therapy
Any costs related to your accident could make you eligible for compensation, from ankle braces to acupuncture. If you wouldn’t have needed to pay for something if it weren’t for the accident, it could be covered by damages.
Disfiguring and Disabling Injuries
Cyclists’ lack of protection can account for more severe injuries compared to other road crashes. Common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial lacerations
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Dental injuries
- Eye injuries
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), some cases of road rash are severe enough to require removal of debris embedded in the skin. They can also cause infection or serious scarring. That is not a minor injury.
Likewise, bicycle accidents can cause head and back injuries that permanently change your life. AAFP reports that most long-term disabilities after bicycle accidents are caused by head injuries.
Compensating You for Pain and Suffering and Mental Anguish
Not only can you receive funds to help treat these types of injuries, but you can also receive damages for having suffered them in the first place. We seek compensation to account for you having to deal with the emotional and psychological distress of a disfiguring or disabling injury.
Bicycle accidents also cost you your peace of mind. Being struck by a large, moving vehicle is undoubtedly a traumatic experience, and dealing with injury recovery carries its own distress. You may even develop a fear of getting back on your bike, costing you a much-loved hobby.
These are not abstract consequences you’ll just have to live with, but compensable losses covered by damages.
Further Damages You Could Recover in Your Covington Bicycle Accident Case
Injuries don’t just cost money for medical bills. They cost time—spent recovering, on the phone with insurance adjusters, filing paperwork, missing work, etc. This is a consequence of your accident that should be compensated. The compensation for your time extends to the future; some settlements provide for later losses related to your injury.
You could recover an award that repays you for missed time at work and the money you cannot earn due to disabling injuries or mental conditions.
Your compensation should cover everything you experienced due to your Covington accident, not just your bills. Our bicycle accident lawyers fight for you to receive appropriate, comprehensive damages.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer serving Covington, call 404-214-2001
Bicycle Injury Lawyers Offer Help at Any Stage
At Kaine Law, our team can assist at any point in your case. More than just providing information and drafting paperwork, we function as your support team.
Immediately after a crash, we can:
- Talk with insurance companies
- Review paperwork
- Identify negligent parties
- Gather evidence
- Interview witnesses
- Notify you of your rights
For instance, we might find that your accident could be connected to a lack of proper street lighting, such as another accident reported on in The Covington News. During recovery, we can help:
- Find specialists for your care
- Consult with experts
- Reconstruct your accident
- Negotiate settlements
- Translate legal terminology
When pursuing damages, we work to:
- Explore all possible compensation options
- Send demand letters
- File a personal injury lawsuit
- Prepare for trial
- Continue to negotiate a settlement
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Read What Our Clients Have to Say About Our Personal Injury Firm
Kaine Law has obtained six- and seven-figure verdicts and settlements for our clients in many practice areas. We treat every case with the same focus and drive, whether negotiating with an insurance company or taking a lawsuit to court.
Don’t just take our word for it. Satisfied clients, including ones from Covington, have spoken up about their experiences:
- “My first lawyer fired me and said that my case had $0.00 value. I found Evan Kaine and he turned $0.00 into $50,000.” – D.G., Stone Mountain
- “I needed a strong, trustworthy lawyer with a national reputation. Evan came to my hometown and fought the good fight.” – J.B., Covington
- “Our attorney, Evan Kaine, took a personal interest in our case. We weren’t just treated like another client.” – G.L. and K.O., Hampton
To read more stories about past cases, you can check out our client testimonials.
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Our Lawyers Can Help You Understand Georgia’s Bike Laws
The Georgia Department of Transportation reports that 66 percent of surveyed residents believed drivers needed to be better educated about the rights of bicyclists on the road. Clearly, cyclists don’t feel as safe as they should on Georgia’s roads.
Recent legislation has helped protect cyclists like you. For instance, the “3-Feet-Law” requires drivers to leave more room for bicyclists. It also requires drivers to adjust their speed and behavior according to traffic conditions (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-56). Drivers who fail to do so could be charged with violating the law.
Even so, you can hold drivers accountable for other reckless behaviors, even if they aren’t charged with a criminal infraction. A personal injury lawsuit allows you to pursue a negligent driver in civil court. It also highlights the consequences for failing to properly share the road. This makes Covington’s streets safer for other cyclists. Our bicycle accident attorneys can help you file.
Statute of Limitations
If you can’t reach a settlement agreement with an insurance company, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue damages. In Georgia, you generally have two years to file your claim (O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33).
However, some factors can shorten that time frame, such as a municipality’s role in your crash. So, don’t wait to get information.
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Our Bike Crash Team is Available 24/7
Covington’s streets are made safer when injured cyclists stand up for their rights. Our bicycle accident lawyers can stand with you. Call Kaine Law today at (404) 214-2001 to receive a free consultation to learn more.