Bicycle accidents caused by a car or a truck can cause serious injuries that require immediate medical attention at a hospital and deserve the professional attention of a bicycle accident lawyer. A bicyclist who has been hit on the street, crosswalk or bike lane may have pain and severe injuries which can be life-altering events, and it warrants a consultation with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer.
Attorney Michael Foley is an experienced bicycle accident lawyer in Connecticut who has represented numerous injured victims of bike accidents and will assist you in all aspects of your claim. Attorney Foley will deal with the responsible party’s insurance company so that your life and health are restored as soon as possible.
Some of the common injuries that can occur after being struck by a car or other vehicle while riding a bicycle include traumatic brain injury, back, neck and spinal cord injuries and broken bones.
Common acts of negligence in bicycle accidents include:
- Failure to yield the right of way to a bicyclist at a crosswalk
- Driving while texting or using a cell phone
- Failure to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Driving into the restricted bike lane
Connecticut law provides that bicyclists have the right of way when crossing a street in a crosswalk. Bicyclists also have the right of way while riding in an established bike path.What Should I do if I am Involved in a Bicycle Accident?
If you or a loved one have been struck by a vehicle while a bicyclist, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. Many times, an insurance company will contact the victim of a bicycle accident and attempt to negotiate a settlement with the victim for an amount of money which is significantly less than the value of the case in order to save the insurance company money. The insurance company may also try to convince you not to call a lawyer. Do not listen to this advice. The reason the insurance company does this is because they know that the attorney will advise the client not to accept the offer because it is too low. Also, very often, the full nature of the bicycle accident victim’s injuries is not known right away. It can take several weeks and sometimes even several months before the full extent of the victim’s injuries is know. For this reason, we always advise our clients not to settle their case with the responsible party’s insurance company too soon so that they can obtain full and fair compensation for their injuries.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident involving a car or truck, Attorney Foley can help you with your claim just as he has helped numerous other clients who have been injured while riding their bicycles, including a 22 year old graduate student who was struck by a car while riding a bicycle across a crosswalk in New Haven, Connecticut.
If you would like to speak with us about your bicycle accident, please fill out our contact form or contact us at (203) 250-7212. We will be able to consider your situation and help you decide how to proceed with your claim.