A Gainesville personal injury lawyer from our law firm can help if you suffered injuries in a bicycle accident. Since bicyclists have little protection from the traffic and other obstacles that surround them, injuries following a bicycle accident can be severe.
When the negligence of others caused or contributed to your injuries, you may have a legal claim for compensation.
What Is My Bicycle Accident Case Worth?
The value of your bicycle accident case depends on several different factors, like:
- How severely you are injured
- How much your medical treatment costs
- Whether you will have permanent disabilities from your injuries
- Whether any permanent injuries will prevent you from going back to work
- How much your injuries affect your daily life, both now and in the future
A bicycle accident that results in a broken arm is much different than a bicycle accident that results in a traumatic brain injury and multiple fractured bones.
For example, the costs of medical treatment for the first example are likely to be far less than for the second example, which changes the value of the case. Likewise, if the injuries affect your ability to work in the future, the damages could be greater.
Different Forms of Compensation
Based on these factors, you may collect the following types of compensation in a bicycle accident case:
- Lost wages or income from being unable to work
- Medical bills from treating your injuries
- Permanent impairments
- Loss of the ability to engage in or enjoy certain activities
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distress
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer serving Gainesville, call 404-214-2001
How Can Your Law Firm Help Me After a Bicycle Accident?
Our Gainesville bicycle accident lawyers have decades of experience in handling personal injury claims, including those stemming from bicycle accidents.
From defective bicycle parts to hit and run accidents, you can count on our attorneys to work for a fair settlement for your injuries.
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Can I Afford to Hire a Lawyer in My Bicycle Accident Case?
Our law firm offers a free case review for victims of bicycle accidents. It costs you nothing to tell us your story and determine whether you have a legal claim.
If we decide to move forward together on your case, you will pay us nothing out of pocket to get started. We do not require you to pay any legal fees up front or during your legal proceedings. You pay us nothing unless we reach a settlement or court-awarded offer.
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Who Can I Sue After I Suffer Injuries in a Bicycle Accident?
You may be able to sue multiple parties after you suffer injuries in a bicycle accident, depending on the situation. You usually start this process by filing a claim with the insurance company for the responsible party.
You may need to file a lawsuit if you cannot resolve your claim through settlement negotiations.
One or Multiple Drivers
The most commonly responsible party in a bicycle accident is one or more drivers of motor vehicles.
If you can prove that a driver’s negligence caused or contributed to the crash that led to your injuries, you can seek compensation.
Employers of Drivers
If the responsible driver was on the clock at that time they caused the accident, their employers also can be liable for compensating you for your injuries.
Generally, employers are accountable for the acts of their employees, even if they act negligently. Employers may include private companies or government agencies that employ the negligent driver.
Manufacturers of Defective Bicycles and Parts
A bicycle accident also may occur when a bicycle or a part is defective or malfunctions in some way. This situation could lead to a product liability claim against the manufacturer or distributor of the bicycle or part.
Another potentially liable party is the bike shop that improperly assembled the bicycle or installed a bike part.
Hit and Run Drivers
You might wonder how you can recover damages if you fall victim to a hit-and-run driver. Police often can discover the identity of the driver who hit you.
Even if police are never able to find the responsible driver, you may have vehicle insurance coverage of your own that covers your injuries.
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How Long do I Have to Sue After My Bicycle Accident Occurs?
Every state has different laws that set deadlines for filing various types of lawsuits. O.C.G.A.§ 9-3-33 generally allows you to file your bicycle accident lawsuit until two years from the date of the accident. However, there are exceptions to that general rule that shorten the time that you have to file your lawsuit.
For example, suppose that a driver causes an accident in which you are injured while on your bicycle. The driver was working for the city or state government at the wreck and in a government vehicle. The government entity may be a party to the lawsuit. If so, O.C.G.A. § 36-33-5 generally gives you only six months from the date of the accident to file the claim.
Talk with Us Today About Your Bicycle Accident Case
Your Gainesville bicycle accident lawyer at Kaine Law is here to help you seek compensation from the liable parties. We can represent you and negotiate with the insurance company. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial if necessary.
You can contact us today at (404) 214-2001 and learn how we can get started on your case. Allow us to listen to your story, answer your questions, and advise you after a bicycle accident.