Bicycle Accident Attorney in Newark, DE
Along the beautiful beaches and throughout the cities and towns of Delaware, cycling is becoming one of the most popular modes of transportation for commuting and recreation. Though most rides go without incident, some people are not fortunate and have accidents ranging from minor scrapes to serious bodily harm. Some even have incidents involving large motor vehicles, ending in disaster. The truth is, cyclists are vulnerable. Without bike lanes, they are forced to share the same road as trucks, cars, and buses. While a driver has protection, a cyclist rarely has protection besides a helmet, which does little in a collision with a larger object. The results can be overwhelming. Some cycling injuries include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, disfigurement, traumatic brain injury, and more. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury after an accident on a bike, contact our firm. It is important to discuss your claim with a knowledgeable attorney and possibly send them to the scene for investigation if your injuries are extensive. Contact MW&M today.
Liability after a bicycle accident
There are numerous reasons for bicycle accidents, some of which constitute negligence.
- Defective bicycle parts: A bicycle works like any other machine. It has moving parts that need to work in tandem perfectly to function correctly. While some issues are benign, others can lead to serious accidents. Tires, brakes, and chains are just some of the parts a cyclist relies on to ride safely. If a defective part led to serious injury, the manufacturer or designer of the bicycle part could be liable.
- Negligent drivers: There are too many times where a driver of a car, truck, or bus act carelessly or recklessly, leading to a serious accident. A cyclist is much harder to see. Further care must be taken when vehicles great and small share the same road. Some examples of driver negligence include unlawful use of an electronic device, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, reckless driving.
- Road conditions: In many situations, the cause of a bicycle accident is the road itself. Conditions of the pavement, objects in bicycle lanes, weather hazards, and more are some of the most common reasons for accidents involving bicycles.
Determining liable parties
When a person is the victim of a serious bicycle accident, knowing who to blame is a complicated matter. These accidents deserve a thorough investigation. If you have been seriously injured, call the police and get medical attention. These steps can start the important documentation needed for your case. If you are able, preserve evidence and support for yourself, including taking pictures and talking with witnesses. If you cannot, our firm is ready to send someone to the scene in order to do so. With so many factors and potential negligent parties, it is important to act quickly.
If you are entitled to compensation, you could be awarded economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are the fiscal impacts of an accident, including medical bills and lost income and future income. Noneconomic damages can include pain and suffering and the emotional toll of a diminished quality of life. Discussing this situation with an attorney is important.
Contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney
If you have been struck by a vehicle while on a bicycle, it is important to get medical attention and talk to an attorney. MW&M is an experienced personal injury law firm located in Newark, Delaware. Our firm is dedicated to every client. We pursue maximum compensation for the victims of serious injury across the state. We will not shy away from a fight and will do everything in our power to protect the rights and future of every client. Contact MW&M to discuss your legal matter today.