REPRESENTING INJURED BICYCLISTS FOR 40+ YEARS
Bicyclists are especially vulnerable to injury when they are on the road with motorists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 alone, 743 bicyclists were killed and thousands more were injured as a result of accidents with other motor vehicles. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, you deserve to be compensated for your losses.
With more than 40 years of combined legal experience and a track record that includes millions of dollars in recoveries, Schneider Hammers can be trusted to fight for the level of compensation you deserve. Having represented thousands of personal injury claims, we are intimately familiar with state and local laws. Find out how we can assist you by scheduling a free consultation today.
Duty of Care & Driver Negligence
Driver negligence can come in many forms. Running through a stop sign, for example, can constitute negligent behavior because the driver is violating their duty to obey the rules of the road.
Other negligent actions that can cause bicycle accidents include:
- Speeding / reckless driving
- Ignoring traffic signs
- Failing to use turn signals
- Drifting into a bike lane
- Driving under the influence
- Turning into a cyclist
Of course, it must be remembered that bicyclists also have a duty of care to perform when on the road. Bicyclists must ensure that they are not compromising their own safety by riding against traffic on a one-way street, ignoring posted traffic signs, or abruptly turning into traffic. Proper use of bike lanes and hand signaling are important safety measures that can help avoid an accident.
Duty of Care & Driver Negligence
- Collect insurance and contact information from the other driver
- Identify any witnesses and write down their contact information
- Take pictures of the damage to your bicycle and the other vehicle
- If police are present, give them your account of the accident
- Seek medical attention, even if your injuries appear to be minor
- Contact the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Schneider Hammers
How to Deal with the Insurance Company
After an accident, the other party’s insurance company may be eager to get a statement. If they call to ask questions about the accident, keep one thing in mind: they are NOT on your side. Their only goal is to settle your case for as little money as possible, which is why it would be in your best interest to avoid talking about the accident until you have had the chance to consult an attorney.
While it may be tempting to accept a settlement in the face of costly medical bills and time spent away from work, you should know all of your options before making a decision. You may be entitled to far more than the insurance company is willing to offer—especially if your injuries are serious—which is why we encourage you to discuss your case with Schneider Hammers as soon as possible.
Hurt in an Accident? Contact Schneider Hammers
The circumstances surrounding each case are different, so it is important that you team up with a personal injury attorney in Atlanta who is experienced in handling bicycle accidents. Our firm can help you determine who is liable for the accident and help you fight for the compensation you deserve to take care of your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages you may be entitled to.