Phenix City Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Pursuing Fair Compensation for Injured Cyclists in Alabama

People ride bicycles for exercise, to save money, and to avoid the hassle of searching for a parking space. However, cyclists are exposed to an increased risk of injury in accidents caused by negligent drivers. The experienced Phenix City bicycle accident lawyers at Loftin, Loftin & May protect the legal rights of our clients and fight for fair compensation for their injuries.

Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

The lack of protection on a bicycle leaves the rider at higher risk of severe injury in an accident with a motor vehicle. These crashes can result in broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other catastrophic injuries and permanent disability. Some of the most common types of injuries sustained in serious cycling accidents include:

  • Head injuries
  • Face injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries

All of these types of injuries have a long recovery time if a full recovery can be made at all. In addition to mounting medical bills, injury victims will likely also have to miss work while they recover. The injured cyclist may be eligible to recover compensation for the injury if the driver of the vehicle was at fault in the accident.

Did you suffer injuries in a bicycle accident? Call (334) 310-0208 to arrange a free consultation with our bicycle accident attorneys in Phenix City.

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What Are the Most Common Cycling Accidents?

The common causes of bicycle accidents include:

  • A driver failing to stop at an interaction
  • Vehicles passing too close to cyclists
  • A car turning in front of the bicycle
  • A driver opening a car door in front of a passing bicycle

After a bicycle accident, you may be faced with extreme pain and suffering, costly medical bills, and the inability to work during your recovery. You may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation, modifications that may be needed to your home or vehicle, pain and suffering, and other economic and punitive damages. However, you must be able to show that the driver was completely at fault for the accident.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Bicycle Accident Claim?

Bicycle accidents can be devastating, resulting in severe injuries and considerable financial burdens. Possible damages that could be recovered may include:

  • Medical Expenses: In the aftermath of a bicycle accident, medical bills can quickly accumulate. This includes hospital bills, surgeries, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care.
  • Lost Wages: Serious injuries sustained in a bicycle accident can result in time away from work, resulting in lost wages.
  • Property Damage: If your bicycle was damaged in the accident, you may be eligible for compensation to repair or replace it.
  • Pain and Suffering: Beyond the tangible financial losses, we recognize the emotional and physical toll a bicycle accident can take.

What is the Statute of Limitations in a Bicycle Accident Claim in Alabama?

Understanding the statute of limitations is crucial when pursuing a bicycle accident claim in Alabama. The statute of limitations helps establish the time frame within which legal action must be initiated. Failure to file a lawsuit within the specified period can lead to the forfeiture of your right to pursue compensation.

In Alabama, the statute of limitations for personal injury, including bicycle accidents, is generally two years from the date of the accident. It is imperative to act promptly and consult with our attorneys at Loftin, Loftin & May to ensure compliance with this deadline.

Beginning legal proceedings within the statute of limitations is crucial for several reasons:

  • Preservation of Evidence: As time passes, evidence related to the accident may become harder to obtain or may be lost altogether. Acting promptly allows us to gather and preserve crucial evidence, including accident reports, witness statements, and medical records.
  • Witness Recollection: Witness testimony plays a vital role in establishing the facts of a bicycle accident. Contacting witnesses promptly ensures that their recollection of the events remains fresh and accurate.
  • Prompt Resolution: Initiating legal action within the statute of limitations facilitates a more efficient and timely resolution of your case. Delays can hinder the progress of your claim and may impact the amount of compensation you are ultimately awarded.

Please call (334) 310-0208 to learn about your legal rights in a free consultation. Loftin, Loftin & May serve clients in across Alabama and in the Columbus, GA area.

The Importance of Experienced Representation

Alabama’s use of contributory negligence rule means that cyclists who are at all responsible for the accident may not recover any compensation. Statistics show that more than 90% of bicycle accidents are the fault of the other driver. Our bicycle accident attorneys in Phenix City thoroughly prepare each case to establish fault and secure fair compensation for your injuries.

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