Providing Tough Representation for the Victims of Serious Collisions
As bicycling has become more popular, our cities have struggled to keep roads safe for all. As a result, bicyclist deaths have been increasing since 2011. Injuries that require emergency room treatments hover above 450,000 annually. For the individuals involved and their families, one accident may be the cause of a life-changing injury or disability.
Our team at Ashcraft & Gerel can help you file a bicycle accident case if you or a loved one were seriously injured. Such collisions can be extremely damaging—nationwide, bicycle accidents cost our nation cost a combined $10 billion in lifetime medical and productivity costs each year.
If your accident was caused by another party’s negligence, you and your family should not have to shoulder the financial burden alone. Our team has recovered over $1 billion for our clients, fighting serious and complex cases to help them find justice after being injured. Reach out today to see how we can help you.
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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Bicycle Accident?
Working with a lawyer from the beginning of your bicycle accident claim may help you negotiate a higher settlement. It can also make the entire process smoother and more efficient. Especially after a serious accident, we recommend reaching out to an experienced law firm.
Most Americans thankfully do not have to navigate the post-accident insurance process more than once in their life. However, this can be a disadvantage if you’re looking to recover a fair settlement. The process is full of time-consuming minutiae and convoluted procedures that opportunistic insurance adjusters may use to frustrate claimants and eventually convince them to take a smaller settlement.
When working with a client, we handle every detail of their claim. We can help you dodge obstacles and take every phone call, so you can focus on healing. We are also professional negotiators, and our decades of combined experience handling insurance claims means we do not fall for insurance adjusters’ tricks or bluffs. In cases where the insurer refuses to play fair, our team is not afraid to litigate. This alone can compel insurers to come to the table with a serious offer. If it does not, our team is skilled at presenting cases to judges and juries.
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Causes and Risks Implicated in Bicycle Crashes
Share the road isn’t just advice for bicyclists. Drivers, whether distracted or simply not looking for anything smaller than a passenger vehicle, often fail to respect bicyclists’ right of way. An analysis of bicycle-car accidents found 1 collision in 5 was caused by a driver who did not yield to a bicyclist.Almost as many accidents result in severe or even fatal injuries to the bicyclist. While serious accidents can be caused by bicyclists’ errors as well, those who are injured by negligent drivers deserve the chance for justice and compensation.
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Roadway Factors and Driver Behavior
A driver’s behavior can determine how dangerous the roads are for bicyclists. For example, factors like narrow lanes and higher speed limits are correlated with more serious injuries to bikers. Drivers must always slow down and give a wide berth when passing bicyclists to avoid a crash—especially if the shoulder or bike lane is uneven or has obstacles.
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The Risk of a Hit-and-Run
Another serious concern for bicyclists and pedestrians alike: hit-and-runs. A worrying study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found these accidents have been more numerous over the past decade. Though much less numerous than cars, bicyclists and pedestrians account for nearly 65% of the fatalities caused by these accidents.
Pursuing an injury claim after a hit-and-run may be difficult, but it is often possible for an injured bicyclist to find the compensation they need. Our investigative team may be able to turn up leads to the culprit, or partner with police as they investigate the accident as a criminal matter.
Serious Injuries Bicyclists May Suffer
Bicyclists who are in accidents may sustain injuries that disrupt their ability to participate in work and take care of other household duties. In worst-case scenarios, victims may end up with a permanent disability or disfigurement.
Bicycle accidents can cause:
- Facial injury
- Broken bones, including complex and multiple fractures
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
These injures can result in prohibitive hospital bills and, in some cases, necessitate ongoing care. Especially if a victim is forced to take time off or even quit their job so they can recover, financial stress can build quickly. If you are worried about being able to afford your treatment, rent or mortgage payment, and other expenses, let our attorneys know. We can help you determine whether an injury claim can make a difference.
Start Your Bicycle Accident Claim with Our Washington, D.C. Firm
After being severely injured in a bicycle accident, you may not even know where to start looking for help. Our attorneys are here to provide guidance and counsel if you are in this situation. We know just how disruptive accidents like yours can be. Compensation can be a lifeline and may provide much-needed financial stability as you recover.
We understand that, with so much on the line, you want to make sure you are choosing the right attorney. That’s why Ashcraft & Gerel offers free consultations, so you can meet our lawyers and learn how we can help. We have a diverse and skilled team that can meet your needs. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start investigating your claim and fighting for justice on your behalf.