Cleveland Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Bicyclists enjoy the same protections under the law as all other motorists. This includes protections from the reckless driving of other parties as well as the ability to demand compensation following an injury that is not their fault.

If a negligent driver hit you while you were on a bike, the Cleveland bicycle accident lawyers at Tittle & Perlmuter could help. Our personal injury attorneys could help injured bicyclists pursue compensation and work to handle all the details involved in investigating a case and measuring an individual’s losses.

 

Common Types and Causes of Bicycle Crashes in Cleveland

The bike accident lawyers at Tittle & Perlmuter have handled numerous bicycle crash cases in Cleveland. We understand what steps to take to safeguard a claimant’s rights and achieve maximum recovery for their injuries. We handle many types of accident cases, such as:

  • Bicycle lane violations
  • “Dooring accidents,” which occur when a person in a car opens a door into the path of an oncoming bicyclist.
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Crowding a bicycle off the shoulder of the road
  • Intersection violations, including rolling stops
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Motorists hitting a cyclist through sideswipe or rear-end collision
  • Vehicle turning in front of a shouldered cyclist

Motorist Duty of Care

All drivers who get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle assume a duty of care to operate their car responsibly and to follow all traffic regulations. Motorists owe this duty of care to other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bikers.

Defendant drivers may violate this duty in many ways. The most common is through distracted or careless driving. If a driver chooses to use their cellphone or take their eyes off of the road while behind the wheel, this may make those motorists responsible for a collision with a bike rider.

Although a motorist may have breached their duty of care and caused an accident, they may not be completely liable. In these claims, an injured bicyclist must prove the negligent driver is at fault for their accident. However, under Ohio Revised Code §2315.33, courts must evaluate the negligence of all involved parties in a case.

If a court believes that a cyclist is more than 51 percent to blame for a collision, this person may not be able to receive compensation. An experienced Cleveland lawyer could review a bicycle accident case and help a claimant fight for compensation even if they are partially at fault.

How Can Tittle & Perlmuter Those Injured in Bicycle Wrecks

When Tittle & Perlmuter takes on a case, we investigate thoroughly. This includes:

  • Our bicycle accident attorneys looking into the facts of a case, including all documentation such as police reports, witness statements, and medical records. Additionally, we gather medical bills to calculate a claimant’s damages.
  • Once the attorney determines the facts of the accident, they explore all avenues of compensation. Potential sources of compensation are the negligent driver’s car insurance, potentially the negligent driver’s current employer (if applicable), and/or the city’s insurer if the roadways were kept in utter disrepair and if the city had notice of that condition.
  • A lawyer can negotiate with all involved insurance companies on an injured bicyclist’s behalf in an attempt to obtain a fair settlement.
  • If we cannot come to a fair settlement with the opposing party, we file a lawsuit.
  • We negotiate liens in the event of a disbursement. This includes liens from health insurance companies.

Our Cleveland lawyers have the experience to protect an injured party’s rights in a bike accident case. We worry about the details of a case so that an injured person can focus on getting better.

The Aftermath of a Bike Wreck

Collisions between bikes and motor vehicles can be serious incidents that may result in life-altering consequences. At the center of these claims are physical injuries that require substantial medical treatment. Some common physical injuries that may occur to a cyclist in a crash include:

  • Severe cuts and bruises
  • Friction burns from sliding on pavement
  • Broken bones
  • Separated joints
  • Spinal cord injuries

In these situations, a negligent defendant may be liable to provide compensation that pays for the costs of all necessary medical care. This includes reimbursement for past care as well as estimated payments for future medical needs.

Some bicyclists also may suffer emotional traumas following collisions. If a cyclist is hesitant to get back on their bike or experiences PTSD, a defendant may be liable to provide compensation for this lost quality of life. Additionally, injured bicyclists may have to miss work to seek treatment or recover. When this occurs, an at-fault party may have to compensate this individual for their lost wages. An attorney could help someone deal with their legal challenges following a bicycle accident in Cleveland.

Reach out to a Cleveland Bicycle Accident Attorney

Drivers who cause bike accidents through their carelessness or by violating a traffic law should be held responsible for any resulting damage. A Cleveland bicycle accident lawyer could help you pursue an effective case. They could explain your rights, gather evidence that shows how a defendant violated those rights, and demand appropriate compensation.

We could listen to the facts of your case and advise on the best course of action. Call our office today for a free consultation.

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