Bicycle Accident Attorney
Bicycle collisions can cause serious, even fatal, injuries. Motorists, poor road conditions, and defective bicycle components are the most common causes of bicycle accidents. If you or a loved one is injured while bicycling, your bicycle accident attorney at Ranz Law is here to help.
Cars, trucks, or buses may cause or contribute to bicycle accidents if they drift into the bicyclist’s lane or cut them off. When a motorist hits a bicyclist, the injuries can be extensive. The weight and mass of the motor vehicle versus the minimal protection of the bicyclist’s safety apparel and helmet can be devastating. Running a bicyclist off the road or into oncoming traffic, road barriers or curbs, signposts, structures, etc., can also result in significant injuries.
Poor road conditions that cause or contribute to bicycle accidents include potholes, obscured road signs, sun glare, heavy rain, snow, ice, loose gravel, uneven pavement, erosion, and poorly-designed roads.
When defective bicycle components fail, it can lead to an accident. The consequences can be devastating if the braking system, light, handlebars, gears or derailer, seat, and other components fail during a ride.
In any of these cases, someone else’s negligence may have caused or contributed to the bicycle accident. When that happens, discussing the facts with an experienced bicycle accident attorney is essential to protect your rights to fair compensation for your recovery.
Work with an Experienced Bicycle Collision Attorney to Protect Your Rights
A top priority of the driver’s insurance company is to negotiate the lowest possible settlement for your recovery. Insurance companies look out for their interests, not yours. Your Ranz Law bicycle accident attorney’s top priority is you.
- Help protect your rights
- Help you get a fair settlement
- Provide trusted answers and advice
- Manage your case so you can focus on your accident recovery
Bicyclist Injury Statistics
When bicycles and vehicles share the road, collisions happen. In Washington State in 2021, 893 bicyclists and their passengers were injured in road accidents. The outcome? 13 sustained fatal injuries, 108 sustained serious injuries, and 466 sustained minor injuries.
Bicyclists Can Sustain Significant Injuries
When a car, truck, or bus collides with a bicyclist, the bicyclist, with little to protect them, can sustain serious injuries that can take months or longer to heal. Even victims with minor injuries can endure significant pain and suffering during recovery. Major accidents can lead to permanent injuries and disabilities.
- Head trauma
- Facial injuries and lacerations
- Chipped and lost teeth
- Road rash
- Crush injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Spinal disc injuries
- Blunt force trauma
- Emotional trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Recovery from a Bicycle Accident Can Take Months and Cost Thousands of Dollars
While you recover from your bicycle accident, your income may decline while your bills pile up. You may be unable to work for days, weeks, or months; after you return to work, you may need time off for medical appointments. You may need to pay someone to buy groceries and do other shopping, cook, clean, walk your dog, and do other tasks you cannot do due to your injuries.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Who is Going to Pay My Bills?
A. If the at-fault driver’s insurance policy has Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, their PIP coverage may help pay your medical bills and other costs like lost wages, expenses related to recovering from your injuries, and funeral benefits. If you have car insurance, your car insurance policy may include PIP coverage. If so, your PIP coverage may also help pay your medical and bicycle accident-related bills. And, if you have medical insurance, it may cover costs, too.
Your Ranz Law bicycle accident legal team will oversee your bills and help you get benefits from the at-fault driver’s PIP insurance, your PIP insurance, and your health insurance, in addition to negotiating a fair settlement for you. We manage these and many other important details so you can focus on getting better.
Q. How Much Do I Have to Pay in Upfront Attorney Fees?
A. You pay nothing until you receive a settlement. Your bicycle accident attorney fee will be a percentage of your insurance settlement.
Q. What Should A Bicyclist Do If Hit by a Vehicle?
A. If you are hit by a vehicle while riding your bicycle, do the following to protect your health and rights.
- If able, get out of the road to a safe area
- Call 911 for medical help
- Get the driver’s contact and insurance information: their name, phone number, email address, street address, insurance carrier’s name, policy number, and phone number
- If able, take photos of the scene and the driver’s contact information (their driver’s license and their vehicle license plate)
- Get medical treatment for injuries right away
- Keep records of all injuries and medical treatment
- Keep records of damage to your property – your bike, gear, valuables lost or damaged in the collision, etc.
Q. If I Was Partially at Fault, Can I Still Get a Settlement?
A. Typically, yes. Our bicycle accident attorney will provide a free case evaluation upfront to determine the merits of your case. Washington State has laws to protect bicyclists – we help protect your rights and help get you a fair settlement.
Q. The Insurance Company is Encouraging me to Settle Quickly; Should I?
A. Insurance companies work hard to get an early settlement because it favors them over accident victims. It often takes time for your medical team to know how extensive or lengthy your medical treatment might be. Medical bills and time off work are costly. An early settlement could mean you do not get all the compensation for all the expenses you are entitled to.
Q. How Much is My Bicycle Accident Case Worth?
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – National Bicycle Injury and Fatality Statistics 2019
- National Institute for Health’s National Library of Medicine study abstract on bicycle-related injuries – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11388717/
- Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) – Crash Data Portal
- WSDOT – Bicyclist laws & safety
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – Bicycle Safety
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Bicycle Injuries, Risks, and Prevention
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) – Safety.