Huntsville Bicycle Accident Attorney
Bicycling is gaining in popularity in America and Alabama is no exception. Cycling offers numerous health benefits and the weather in northern Alabama is often great for being outdoors for many months of the year. In addition, bicycling is a great way to get around without adding to the pollution in our environment. The rise in numbers of people riding bicycles has, however, led to an increase in accidents involving bicycles and automobiles. If you’ve been injured in an accident while riding a bicycle, the Huntsville bicycle accident lawyers at Conchin, Cloud & Cole, LLC can help. Here is what you need to know to make the best decision about your claim.
Laws Regarding Bicyclists
Bicyclists are required to obey traffic laws the same as any other vehicle. This includes obeying stop signs and traffic signals. Bicyclists are required to come to a complete stop at stop signs before proceeding. Drivers are required to share the road with bicyclists the same as with any other vehicle and should take care to look out for bicycles and other low-profile vehicles that may be hard to spot. In Alabama, those under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
Injuries Resulting from Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists involved in an accident with an automobile are at a distinct disadvantage and may suffer serious injury as a result.
Examples of injuries suffered in bicycle accident include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Fractured Bones (including legs, arms, feet, and hands)
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Lacerations and Disfigurement
Injuries from a bicycle accident can result in expensive medical bills, prescription medication, specialized medical equipment for the home, and lost wages from missed time at work. These expenses can quickly mount up far beyond what an average person can afford to pay. However, if you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your economic damages as well as for pain and suffering.
Contributory Negligence Laws in Alabama
The laws in Alabama can make receiving compensation after an injury difficult. Contributory negligence laws mean that if the insurance company can prove that you were even partly to blame for the accident or your injury, then they may be able to avoid paying any compensation whatsoever. Even if it is determined that the other party was 95% at fault, you may be denied all compensation due to the 5% you were deemed to have been at fault.
You may be found to have contributed to your injuries if you failed to obey all street laws leading up to the accident. Children under 16 who were not wearing a helmet may also be deemed to have contributed to the injuries they received.
In all cases involving serious injuries, it is a good idea to consult an attorney after a bicycle accident involving a car. The personal injury attorneys at Conchin, Cloud & Cole, LLC can help determine the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. Even when the case seems clearly determined one way or the other, our attorneys may be able to discover aspects of the case you have not considered that could significantly impact your ability to receive compensation. Contact us today.