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Charleston Bicycle Accident Lawyers

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Bicycles are a common sight on the streets of Charleston. When everyone is following the rules of the road, there are no problems. But a negligent driver can change all of that in an instant. A bicycle is no match for a passenger car weighing thousands of pounds. Bicyclists hit by a car can suffer serious injuries, which can sometimes be fatal.

Negligent drivers should be held accountable and insurance companies should pay the injured fair compensation. But unfortunately, that can be a complicated process. At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, our Charleston bicycle accident attorneys understand the challenges that injured bicyclists face and fight for their rights.

Experienced attorneys with a track record of results

How do negligent drivers cause bicycle accidents? Sometimes they don’t even notice a bicycle on the road. Or they view it as an inconvenience. Negligent drivers may be aggressive about sharing the road, or go too fast. Others are checking their phones or adjusting dashboard controls. Some drivers are fatigued or driving under the influence.

About 20% of people killed in distracted driving accidents are pedestrians and bicyclistsWhether you were hurt on 40th Street, Cross Lanes Drive or another Charleston street, a crash can leave you seriously hurt. Bicyclists have almost no protection in an accident. Common injuries seen in bicycle accidents include injuries to the head, neck or back. Some bicyclists suffer broken bones, concussion, or traumatic brain injury (TBI). You may also experience chest pain, leg pain and bruising after a bicycle accident. Lacerations are another common injury.

You may have been treated at Saint Francis Hospital or another local medical facility. You may have had ambulance transport, diagnostic tests, surgery, hospitalization, medication and need physical therapy and follow-up appointments. Medical expenses can add up very quickly and become overwhelming.

A bicycle accident injury not only affects you physically, but also financially. You’re experiencing pain and suffering. You may not be sure how you are going to pay your medical expenses. If a negligent driver caused the accident that left you hurt, you shouldn’t have to pay.

Common causes of bicycle accidents

  • Distracted driving: Drivers distracted by texting, using their phones, or eating may not see cyclists on the road.
  • Dooring accidents: When a driver in a parked vehicle opens a car door without checking for approaching cyclists, an accident can occur.
  • Speeding: Speeding not only reduces reaction time and makes it challenging to avoid accidents, it can also result in life-altering injuries.
  • Failure to yield: Drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way to cyclists at intersections or crosswalks, or while making turns, can cause an accident.
  • Running red Lights and stop signs: A driver who disregards traffic signals and signs can crash into a cyclist.
  • Unsafe lane changes: Drivers who switch lanes abruptly without looking for cyclists can cause an accident.
  • Poor road conditions: Drivers who fail to take steps to safely navigate uneven or poorly maintained roads, potholes, or weather conditions can crash into a cyclist.
  • Impaired driving: Alcohol or drug impairment can affect a driver’s judgment and coordination, increasing the risk of accidents involving cyclists.

We help you fight back against the insurance companies

But recovering the financial compensation you deserve can be difficult. For one thing, negligent drivers may deny doing anything wrong and refuse to accept responsibility for what happened. They may even say that you were to blame for what happened. That puts you in the position of having to prove their negligence left you injured.

Another obstacle to getting fair compensation is the insurance companies. They are supposed to help when someone has been hurt. But they’re always concerned about the bottom line and will try to pay as little as possible.

There are many tactics they use to try to limit compensation. An insurance company may question the seriousness of your injuries. They may argue your injuries were pre-existing and may seek access to your medical history. Or they’ll offer you a settlement. But it will be a lowball offer that doesn’t come close to covering the damages you suffered.

That’s why you need experienced legal representation to help with your bicycle accident claim. Our attorneys know the laws in West Virginia. And we are very familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies. We can help you file a lawsuit and build a strong case that forces the insurance company to take your claim seriously.

You may have been injured in an intersection accident, dooring accident, sideswipe collision, right hook crash or left hook crash. Whatever happened, we start by investigating your crash to get the facts.

We’re ready to fight for you

Our legal team knows where to look for evidence that proves the driver was acting negligently. We carefully review accident reports and medical records. We identify and interview witnesses to the bicycle accident. And if needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.

Our lawyers can deal directly with the insurance company so you can focus on getting better. We are often able to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs. But if the insurance company won’t agree to a settlement that works for you, we’ll be ready to fight for you in court.

It’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible following your Charleston bicycle accident. West Virginia law gives you two years from the date of your accident to take legal action. But the longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence will be lost and witnesses will forget important details.

If you were hit by a car, you may not be sure if it’s even worth talking to an attorney. But you should have a clear understanding of your rights. One of our attorneys can meet with you to discuss your legal options and answer your questions. And it costs you nothing.

Our firm has been fighting for the injured in Charleston and throughout West Virginia since 2007. Learn more about how we can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

Charleston, WV

Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC
10 Hale St Suite 501
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 720-1000

Columbus, OH

Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC
20 E Broad St Suite 1000
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 587-8423