Columbus Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Our attorneys fight for the compensation you deserve
Bicycles are very popular in Columbus and are seen often on city streets. It’s a safe activity when everyone is paying attention and driving responsibly. But it only takes one negligent driver to cause a car accident. Bicyclists can be left with serious injuries and their lives can change in an instant.
Injured bicyclists deserve financial compensation, but the process can be complicated and frustrating. Having experienced legal representation can make a big difference. At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, our bicycle accident attorneys build strong cases to hold negligent drivers accountable and fight for maximum compensation.
We also represent pedestrians who were injured as a result of driver negligence. Pedestrians don’t expect to be in an accident when they are just out walking. But they can be seriously hurt in a crash caused by negligence. We fight for their rights so they can recover the compensation they deserve.
We hold negligent drivers accountable in Columbus
How do bicycle and pedestrian accidents happen? Many drivers don’t like sharing the road. They may drive aggressively or at dangerous speeds. Some drivers are distracted by texts or phone calls. Some are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Others are fatigued and may even start falling asleep at the wheel.
A negligent driver can easily cause an accident and hit a bicyclist, even on roads in Columbus that have dedicated bike lanes, such as Summit Street and Spring Street. The results can be devastating.
Bicyclists and pedestrians have no protection in a crash and are often seriously hurt. Common injuries include neck injuries, concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI), nerve damage, dislocation or broken bones, lacerations and contusions and even paralysis. They may be taken to one of the many hospitals in Columbus for treatment.
Victims may require surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, home medical equipment and months of follow-up appointments with doctors. Medical expenses can seem overwhelming and many victims aren’t sure how they will pay the bills, especially if injuries left them unable to work.
Experienced and aggressive legal representation
If a negligent driver caused their injuries, they shouldn’t have to pay. But recovering compensation can be difficult for many reasons. One reason is that the driver may deny doing anything wrong, even if that driver was speeding or texting when the crash happened. The driver may even try to shift blame onto the bicyclist.
Another reason is the insurance companies. They are supposed to help the injured after a bicycle accident, but they are always trying to save money. They will try to pay as little as possible to help keep their profits high. There are many tactics they use to try to minimize compensation.
If you were hurt in a bicycle crash, an insurance company may question the seriousness of your injuries. They may seek access to your medical records to look for evidence that your injuries were pre-existing. Or they may blame you for what happened.
You may be contacted by the insurance company shortly after the accident with a settlement offer. They may promise quick payment to help you pay your bills. But they are not looking out for you. Their offer will far fall short of covering all the damages you suffered. It’s just a way for them to save money.
That’s why you need a bicycle accident lawyer who knows how to fight back against insurance company tactics. Our firm is known for providing experienced and aggressive legal representation for the injured. We know how a crash can impact your life and believe you have the right to be compensated for your damages.
There are many types of accidents that can leave bicyclists injured. These include intersection accidents, right hook crashes, left hook crashes, sideswipe collision and dooring accidents. Our legal team investigates your accident to get the facts.
Dedicated to recovering maximum compensation
We’re not afraid of the hard work it takes to build strong cases. We gather evidence, including any video from nearby traffic cameras. We carefully review accident reports and medical records and interview witnesses. As needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts.
Our lawyers also determine the total damages you have suffered as a result of your injuries. We fight for compensation for all current and future medical expenses, lost wages if you couldn’t work and other damages such as pain and suffering.
Many insurance companies agree to negotiate a settlement when they see we are prepared to fight for you. But we’re not interested in making quick deals that help insurance companies save money. We are only interested in a resolution of your case that meets your needs. If the insurance company won’t negotiate, we can fight for you in court, where we have a record of results.
Don’t delay. Talk to an experienced attorney about your bicycle or pedestrian accident to learn about your options for recovering compensation. We take your case seriously right from the start. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at our Columbus office.