Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accidents

Recent statistics from Louisville show that over 60% of bicyclists involved in a motor vehicle accident suffer injuries, and over 50% of these injuries were defined as “incapacitating.”  It is an unfortunate fact that bicyclists who are injured in vehicle accidents are more likely to suffer serious injuries, including spinal injuries, broken bones, and head trauma.   Why is it that so many bicyclists are struck in vehicle accidents?  Recent studies show that in almost all cases (over 80%) the bicycle rider was traveling straight ahead immediately prior to the accident. Cyclists can do everything in their power to prevent the accident.  They can wear a helmet, they can follow all the safety and vehicle laws such as yielding when appropriate and obeying traffic signals.  They can be on high alert to the action of all surrounding drivers and they still may never see an accident coming because in the end cars are faster and there isn’t always time to react.  Drivers may be distracted, they may not see you, or they may not know the laws and rules that protect your rights.  Drivers open doors into bike lines without checking to see if someone is coming.  Drivers can cut off bicyclists by making sharp turns without considering others who are sharing the road.  Or debris in the roadway could lead to an unexpected bicycle accident. And in some cases, the bicycle itself may be defective. While the reasons are numerous, the result is often the same: a severely injured cyclist.   If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, make sure to contact an attorney today.  We at the Ellis Law Group, PLLC have successfully represented bicycle riders and we understand the issues as we are riders ourselves.   Here’s how we can help:  We can determine who was responsible for your accident, and fight for you in getting compensation from the negligent party, whether that is a driver, a property owner, or the manufacturer.  If a car was involved, automobile insurance provides no-fault coverage for the first $10,000 of your medical bills and certain losses (such as replacing your bike), and may provide substantially more coverage depending upon the insurance coverage available.  We handle the paperwork, and we make sure you understand the process and the results you can expect.  Overall, we focus on getting you compensated, so you can focus on getting better.   See how we can help.  Contact us today.