Bicycle Accident Injury Lawyers
With a particularly high cyclist fatality rate, South Carolina has been deemed one of the most dangerous states for bicycle riders for some time. While cyclists have an increased risk of sustaining a serious injury or death than those driving a motor vehicle, many continue to ride their bicycles in traffic across the state.
Bicycle accidents involving a car are the most commonly reported type of bicycle incident. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration provides the following reasons why:
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Switching lanes incorrectly
- Making an illegal turn
- Dooring (when a car door opens into a cyclist)
- Car reversing into a cyclist
- Car driving in a bicycle lane
- Distracted driving or riding
- Driving under the influence
While specific bicycle laws have been established in South Carolina to reduce and prevent the incidence of bicycle accidents, they continue to occur at an alarming rate. This is why it is imperative to contact a bicycle accident injury lawyer if you or someone you love is injured while riding a bicycle. The potential for devastating, life-changing injuries is high. These include head injuries, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries as well as damage to the face, broken bones and amputation.
With a practice focus on personal injury and workers’ compensation, Wern Lawyers in North Charleston understands the severity of bicycle injures across the state. The reality concerning these types of accidents is that most individuals are looking at more than just scrapes and burns. They are facing surgery and perhaps months of rehabilitation and losses of many kinds.
To better understand your accident and the potential value of your claim, call Wern Lawyers today for a free evaluation. For your case, we’ll work to make things right again.
We Protect The Rights Of Those Injured In A Bicycle Accident
When someone is injured in a bicycle accident, there are several factors that must be investigated to determine the level of compensation that should be awarded to the injured person. Without question, determining who is at fault matters a great deal, as it denotes who should pay damages and how much. This includes a study of the behaviors leading up to the accident, as well as who was involved.
At Wern Lawyers, we make it our primary responsibility to ensure that your rights are protected. For instance, if a negligent driver contributed to your bicycle accident, you are entitled to recover compensation for medical and lost wages. Yet, you may be entitled to seek additional recovery for emotional distress, pain and suffering. Even if cyclists hold some responsibility for an accident, they are still entitled to receive some compensation in many cases.
When it comes to your bicycle accident case, it’s important not to settle too quickly or assume that there’s nothing in it for you. Contact Wern Lawyers for expertise following your accident and injury. As always, your evaluation is free of charge.