One of the great outdoor recreational pleasures is hopping on a bike at a moment’s notice and riding for leisurely pleasure, or perhaps as an alternative way to get to work or run some local errands. Unfortunately, trading in the confines of a car for the joys of cycling both near and far is that you put yourself in a position of compromised safety.
Like it or not, bike accidents do happen with a fair degree of regularity. In fact, in 2015, more than 1,000 bicyclists died, and there were close to a half million bicycle-related injuries. Some of these were due to riders not taking appropriate precautions, but at other times, riders were the victims of the careless actions of others.
In cases such as those, riders have the right to seek compensation for their injuries and losses with the assistance of a bike accident attorney.
Bike Accidents Require Specialized Representation
If you want to file a suit for damages resulting from a bike accident, you will not only need to find a highly qualified personal injury attorney; you will want to find one who specializes in handling bike accident cases. While there are many aspects of a bike accident case that are common to all personal injuries cases, such as proving negligence on the part of the defendant, an attorney must dig deeper to give you the best possible chance at not only winning your case but also collecting the maximum possible amount for your losses.
A bike accident attorney must have in-depth knowledge in several areas:
- Connecticut traffic and safety laws
- Bicycle rider rights and responsibilities
- Bike vs. car/truck accident reconstruction
- Technical knowledge of bicycles, including names and functions of all bicycle components
- Experience in negotiating with attorneys and insurance companies related to a bike accident. This is because the vast majority of these types of cases are usually settled out of court.
- Experience in actually taking bike accidents to trial if negotiations fail.
- The ability to place dollar values for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, the value of lost riding time, and the permanent or diminished loss of being able to ride a bike in the short and long term.
Shalvoy Law serves clients in Newton and other nearby Connecticut communities.
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