If you were hit by an automobile while riding a bike, you almost certainly experienced grievous injuries that will be followed by expensive medical bills and other losses. Hold the driver accountable and get the settlement you need by working with a Milwaukee bicycle accident lawyer.
It’s unfortunate, but not all motorists respect the rights of bicyclists while on the road with them. Many cars don’t make room for bicycles and drive in bike lanes, crowding out cyclists and sometimes causing accidents.
The injuries a cyclist can suffer in an accident with a car are often severe and can potentially lead to permanent disabilities. If this is your situation, you deserve to receive financial compensation from the driver responsible for causing your wreck. By discussing your case with a Milwaukee bicycle accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Gary Greenberg, you can find out what your case is worth and how to go about pursuing your settlement.
Avoid the Wisconsin Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
It’s important to file a claim quickly for your bike wreck so that you avoid exceeding the three-year statute of limitations Wisconsin places on personal injury claims. If you decide that you weren’t seriously injured enough to pursue a claim and then wind up in the hospital with ongoing back and neck pain that gradually worsens over the course of three years, you could be stuck with all of the associated medical bills.
You also want your Milwaukee bicycle accident lawyer to have immediate access to the crash scene and witnesses. Both evidence and first-hand accounts are freshest immediately after an accident, and they will be important in proving cause, which will indicate who was at fault—and therefore who owes you compensation.
Bike-Car Accident Causes
As a cyclist, you can face many obstacles that range from poor roads to terrible drivers, but all of these can result in catastrophic accidents. Drivers of passenger vehicles cause the most problems, but there are many ways to cause a bicycle-automobile crash.
Some of the causes listed below will indicate fault on the part of the driver who hit you, while others could pin the blame on a third party, such as a private business or a government agency. Regardless, your Milwaukee bicycle accident lawyer will collect all of the available evidence and help you name all of the responsible parties in your lawsuit:
Not checking the blind spot before turning or changing lanes
Swerving into the bike lane
Potholes and poor shoulders
Obscuring vegetation overgrowth
Your Bike Wreck Injuries Will Affect Your Settlement
Because cyclists are extremely exposed—especially compared to the drivers of passenger vehicles—they are at incredibly high risk of suffering catastrophic and sometimes fatal injuries in these accidents. Any of the following injury types could lead to long-term medical needs and dramatically decreased quality of life:
Traumatic brain injuries often lead to mental or physical disabilities
Neck, back, and other spinal trauma can cause chronic pain and full or partial paralysis
Severely broken limbs may never regain full functionality and may even have to be amputated
Permanent nerve damage is likely to result in incurable pain
Facial damage may require reconstructive surgeries
Your Milwaukee bicycle accident lawyer will work closely with your doctor to determine how long your recovery will take and what the costs associated with it will be.
Full Monetary Compensation for a Bicycle Wreck
The injuries you suffer in a bike crash can easily be quite severe, and the costs may reach far into the future. You can claim losses and costs that are related to the accident in any way, even if they are only projected for the future. This includes any of the following items that apply to your case:
Medical expenses, both current and future
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium, society, or companionship
Lost enjoyment of life
Knowing that your lawyer is handling all of the legal procedures and negotiations will allow you to recuperate with your family. Relieving that stress is one of our primary goals.
Comparative Negligence in Wisconsin
Who was at fault in a bicycle accident is not always cut-and-dry. Even if you were partially to blame, you can still seek compensation as long as someone else was more to blame than you. However, comparative negligence guarantees that your compensation will be diminished by the same percentage that you are deemed to be at fault.
For example, if you are awarded $100,000, but it was decided that you had 15 percent of the fault, you would then only receive $85,000. This is another reason why it’s essential to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your team. By building the strongest case possible, we can minimize the amount of fault that you are found responsible for.
Contact a Milwaukee Bike Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident with a car while riding a bicycle, you need to hold the responsible party accountable so that you can achieve justice and receive the payout you need to recover. To make sure the insurance deals with you fairly, you need to retain the Law Offices of Gary Greenberg to represent your interests during settlement negotiations and—if necessary—trial.
Call us now at 414-271-7007 to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation with a Milwaukee bicycle accident lawyer. You may also fill out the form below to have someone from our office contact you later. You don’t deserve to be buried in medical debt for someone else’s mistake, so take action now.