Bike riding is an activity that’s fun, inexpensive, and something you can do all year. Unfortunately, bike riding also comes with its share of dangers because of inattentive drivers, cyclists, and hazardous road conditions.
The U.S. averages 49,000 bicycle injuries per year. An overwhelming number of these accidents are preventable.
Though we hope you’ll be safe, if you do find yourself in a bicycle accident, below we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about your legal rights.
What are common causes of bicycle accidents?
- Car and bike operator carelessness
- Being rear-ended by a vehicle
- Being sideswiped by a vehicle
- The door of a vehicle is suddenly opened
- Hitting potholes
What are the upfront legal costs?
Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee. That means attorney’s fees are not owed unless we recover compensation for you. You have no upfront cost, and your initial consultation is free.
How long do I have to file a claim for a bicycle injury?
Alabama’s statute of limitations for personal injury is two years from the date of the accident.
If I am hit by a motor vehicle, am I considered a pedestrian?
No. In Alabama, cyclists must follow the same traffic laws as drivers. This means you are treated as a motor vehicle. For instance, if you go through a red light and are injured, you could be found liable for your injuries.
What should I do if I am injured in a bike accident?
First and foremost, seek medical attention for yourself and anyone hurt. Make sure you cooperate with the police but do not admit fault or possible traffic violations without first talking with a personal injury lawyer. Get the driver’s name and insurance information and the names of any passengers.
What is a common bicycle accident injury?
Bicycle accident injuries can range from minor ones, like bruising and skin abrasions, to major ones, such as broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, and death.