Injured in a Bike Accident?
Lafayette Bicycle Accident Lawyer Representing Cyclists
Cycling is becoming more popular across Louisiana as a healthy and cost-effective alternative to driving. However, if you have ridden a bike around Lafayette or Lake Charles, you probably know that riding alongside cars can sometimes be dangerous. This is especially true if the driver is not paying attention. A bike accident is always more serious and possibly deadly for the cyclist as opposed to the driver. Furthermore, it can often result in extensive personal injuries.
If you are injured by someone else’s negligence while cycling, a bicycle accident lawyer from Galloway Jefcoat LLP can help. Even while you are still recovering, we can investigate the accident to determine who was responsible. We will help you hold that person accountable for your injuries and damages. We have helped many clients throughout Louisiana get compensation to help pay for their medical bills, property damage, lost wages and pain and suffering after a bike accident. Your initial consultation is free of charge. Thus, it costs you nothing to get your questions answered and find out if you have a potential case. Call us now at (800)260-3839.
Most Common Causes of Bike Accidents
Bike accidents are usually caused by some kind of negligence. If a driver is distracted or does not obey all traffic laws, such as stopping completely at a stop sign, he or she may not see a cyclist until it is too late. The same is true of bike riders who must also respect traffic stops and signs. The best way to prevent serious injuries from all kinds of bicycle accidents is to make sure you wear the proper protective gear, always follow Louisiana bike laws and stay alert at all times. The most common bike accidents happen when:
- A driver turns into the path of a cyclist. Often, a driver may misjudge the speed of an oncoming cyclist or will not wait long enough for a cyclist to pass before moving forward.
- A driver does not yield to a cyclist at an intersection with a stop sign. Drivers might roll through stop signs without checking for oncoming cyclists. These kinds of accidents are common where the driver has a stop sign but the cyclist does not.
- A driver misjudges a cyclist’s speed or does not leave enough room when passing a cyclist on the left.
- A person in a parked car opens a door in front of a cyclist, blocking the right of way.
Most bicycle accidents like these are the fault of the driver. However, there are some safety precautions you can take as a cyclist to prevent bike accident injuries. Most importantly, always follow traffic and bike laws, and stay alert for drivers who may not be doing the same. You should also always wear a helmet when cycling. Even though Louisiana has no specific bike helmet laws for those over the age of 12, helmets can help protect you from serious personal injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, in the event of a crash. In addition, wearing bright clothing and equipping your bike with lights can help you be more visible to motorists.
What Should I Do After a Bike Crash?
Even the best, most cautious cyclist can be involved in a bike accident, especially when riding in crowded city streets. A car is bigger, heavier and faster than a bike, and driver negligence can result in an unavoidable collision. After a car accident while cycling in Lafayette or Calcasieu Parish, you should:
- Get medical attention. After any kind of accident, the most important thing you should do is seek treatment for any injuries, especially severe personal injuries. Even if you feel fine immediately after the accident, you should still be checked by a doctor for any injuries, like a concussion, that might take some time to show symptoms.
- File and obtain a police report. Just like after a car accident, you should always call the police after a bike accident. A police report can be essential to your claim with the driver’s or your own insurance company, or a personal injury lawsuit.
- Get the driver’s insurance information, and names and phone numbers from any witnesses.
- Take pictures of the scene, if possible. You will have to file a claim with the driver’s insurance company, and pictures can help prove your case.
- Do not repair your bike. Preserving the evidence will ensure that you get the full compensation you deserve.
- Call a bicycle accident lawyer. You should contact personal injury attorney before you speak to the driver’s insurance company, who may try to offer you a quick, low settlement. A bike accident attorney can help make sure that you get the compensation you deserve either from the insurance company or through a personal injury lawsuit
Contact a Lafayette Bicycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a bike accident and have questions about insurance settlements or personal injury lawsuits, our Louisiana bicycle accident lawyer can help. We can stand up for you against tough insurance companies, and can represent you in court if need be. Our personal injury law firm has been fighting for the rights of cyclists injured in car accidents for 20 years. If you need help with a bicycle accident case, contact us online or give us a call at our office in Lafayette or Lake Charles to schedule a free, no obligation consultation today.