Every year, bicyclists are seriously injured in Connecticut. In the worst cases, injured bicyclists are killed due to the severity of the accident. From bike commuters and leisure bicyclists to professionals and triathletes, no biker is completely immune to accidents due to negligent motorists or road conditions. Riding styles vary. Some people ride beach cruisers or hybrids. Others are clipped in and riding in the drops. All bicyclists have a right to their fair share of the road. They are not required to ride on the shoulder or in the gutter. They need to obey the rules of the road, but cars must respect their right to do so, including the bicyclist's right to a portion of the automobile travel lane. Bicyclists can be injured by defects in the roadway, including potholes and cracked pavement that would not affect a motorist. If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle-related accident, it is important that you take steps now to protect your legal rights and to seek legal justice.
Experienced and Dedicated Connecticut Bike Injury Attorneys
Even wearing a helmet, a bicyclist hit by a car will likely suffer serious personal injuries. If you have been injured in a bike accident caused by a negligent driver, you have the right to fair compensation for your medical bills and other losses. An experienced bike injury lawyer can protect your rights and get you the settlement you deserve. At Jacobs & Dow, LLC, some of our lawyers bicycle competitively and have firsthand knowledge of the risks cyclists face.
At Jacobs & Dow, LLC, our New Haven bicycle accident lawyers have an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. We have the resources to investigate and build a strong case to secure financial compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Fair Compensation in Any Situation
Many bicycle accidents are caused by hit-and-run drivers. Sometimes there is a collision between a bike and car and the negligent driver leaves the scene. In other cases, there may not be actual contact between the vehicle and the bike. A bicyclist may crash while trying to evade an auto being driven erratically or by a driver who does not see the bicyclist. Whatever the situation, an injured bicyclist may be entitled to fair compensation. Sometimes even bicyclists collide with other bicyclists or with pedestrians and injuries result. Sometimes bicyclists are bitten by dogs. There are many ways to get hurt on a bike. If a bicyclist is injured, he or she may have a claim he or she does not know about. If you aren't sure, contact a lawyer.
Often, where there is an injury caused by a hit-and-run driver, the victim's own uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage may apply to the case. The auto insurance of the victim or a family member often covers pedestrian or bicyclist injuries, where there is a hit-and-run driver or an uninsured driver who causes the accident.
Our lawyers handle all bike accident cases on a contingency basis. Unless there is a recovery, there is no attorney fee.
Hazards Bicyclists Face
Compared to drivers of motor vehicles, bicyclists face additional hazards and dangers on the road. Motorists who fail to yield or look out for bicyclists when making turns or opening doors can result in very serious injuries. In addition to negligent or careless motorists, bicyclists must also be wary of road hazards such as potholes, cracks and speed bumps. Even with protective gear, serious injuries result, including:
- Head injuries
- Brain trauma
- Amputations/severed limbs
- Back injuries
- Road rash
- Cuts, scrapes, contusions, abrasions, lacerations
- Injuries requiring skin grafts
- Paralysis/spinal cord injuries
Ask for a Free Consultation With a Bicycle Accident Lawyer: 203-772-3100
From our offices in New Haven, we have been protecting bike accident victims across Connecticut for more than 60 years. Our lawyers are available during weekly business hours and Saturday mornings, as well as on evenings and weekends by appointment. Contact us at our Fairfield County bike crash law firm today to schedule your free initial consultation.