It can take mere seconds for a pleasant morning bike ride, a bicycle commute to work, or children having fun, biking together, to turn tragic. If you or a member of your family have been struck by an automobile while riding your bicycle, you may have experienced a severe injury—or even death. Such a traumatic event can leave you with astronomical medical expenses and the inability to return to work, and therefore, unable to pay your regular monthly expenses. You may be anxious about the future, stressed from dealing with a stubborn or resistant insurance company, and unsure of what you need to do next. When you find yourself in the midst of such an untenable situation, it’s time to seek professional legal guidance.
The Lobb Law Firm has decades of experience assisting clients who have had their lives totally disrupted following a bicycle accident. Our Southfield injury lawyers clearly understand the state and federal laws which protect your rights. One of these rights is the right to obtain compensation from the driver responsible for your current situation. Of course, we are fully aware that financial compensation will not turn back the clock, heal all your wounds, or return your life exactly as it was prior to your Michigan bicycle accident, but even so, financial compensation will have a positive effect on your life now, today. A fair settlement can help you pay your medical expenses as well as your regular monthly expenses. In turn, this can allow you to finally move forward with your life following your bicycle accident.
The Reality of Bicycle Accidents in Michigan—and Across the United States
While the overall number of bicycle accidents across the nation is slowly declining, fatal bicycle accidents are increasing. In 2015, there were 45,000 reported bicycle accidents in the United States, down 5,000 from the year before. Unfortunately, during the same year, the number of fatal bicycle accidents increased by 12 percent. It is largely believed that the higher number of fatal bicycle accidents is primarily associated with the growing number of distracted drivers, as well as a lack of infrastructure in cities that promotes bicycle safety.
A full 70 percent of all fatal bicycle accidents occur in larger cities. Albuquerque, New Mexico has the dubious distinction of being consistently chosen as the most dangerous city in the United States for bicyclists, while Oklahoma City has been chosen the safest city for bicyclists. The good news for Michigan residents is that Detroit made the number seven spot on the safest cities for bicyclists. Whether you are a serious cyclist, use your bicycle to commute to and from work, or ride on the weekends, for exercise or recreation, when a 3,500-pound vehicle comes into contact with an unprotected bicyclist, the results can be grim.
Many drivers simply refuse to share the roadways with bicyclists, while others are so distracted that an accident may be imminent. Whatever the circumstances, if you have been injured by a negligent driver while riding your bicycle, you need immediate help. The Southfield injury lawyers from The Lobb Law Firm have successfully represented bicyclists injured by careless drivers, handling every detail, from start to finish. We will aggressively fight for your rights, working hard to ensure you receive the compensation you need—and are entitled to.
What are the Common Factors Associated with Michigan Bicycle Accidents?
Bicycle accidents are almost always the result of an automobile driver who is engaging in one of the following behaviors:
- Drivers who fail to give bicyclists sufficient space;
- Drivers who back out of a driveway or parking space without properly looking for bicyclists;
- Drivers who improperly switch lanes;
- Drivers who make illegal turns;
- Drivers who fail to obey the basic rules of the road;
- Drivers who run stop signs or traffic lights;
- Drivers who drive aggressively, carelessly, or while distracted, or
- Drivers who open their car door into traffic without checking for bicyclists.
As drivers continue to become increasingly distracted behind the wheel, bicycle accidents may also continue to increase. Dangerous city road conditions and a lack of bicycle lanes can also result in bicycle accidents. No matter the cause of your bicycle accident The Lobb Law Firm provides exceptional customer service, offering the very same attentive, passionate representation we would give our own family members.
What are the Most Common Injuries Resulting from Michigan Bicycle Accidents?
When a vehicle strikes a bicyclist, the injuries are likely to be extremely severe. Some of the more common injuries bicyclists may sustain include:
- Severe internal injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Injuries to the spinal cord;
- Other back and neck injuries, or
- Head injuries, including brain trauma.
If you have sustained serious injuries following your bicycle accident, you need an advocate from The Lobb Law Firm to file a lawsuit on your behalf. You may have medical expenses that can be expected to continue for months, years, or even for the remainder of your life. We will work hard to recover those expenses. You may be unable to return to work following your bicycle accident. We will aggressively work to recover your lost wages, both current and any loss of future earning potential. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering endured as a result of your Michigan bicycle accident.
Can a Top Injury Lawyer from The Lobb Law Firm Change the Outcome of Your Michigan Bicycle Accident?
Bicycle accidents have the potential to become extremely complex. It is important that you don’t simply hope for the best when your future is at stake. It is highly recommended that you speak to an experienced top injury lawyer in Southfield from The Lobb Law Firm following your bicycle accident. We understand the importance of gathering witness statements following your bicycle accident, and will also do the following:
- Investigate the driver responsible for your accident, including looking at his or her driving history;
- Recreate the scene of your bicycle accident, when warranted, with assistance from a highly- skilled expert;
- Obtain the police report from your bicycle accident, reviewing it carefully;
- Have your medical records expertly analyzed in order to successfully prove the extent of your injuries, and
- Inspect and document the damages to your bicycle.
In the aftermath of your bicycle accident, no one is likely to be clamoring to accept responsibility, and our attorneys will work hard to prove negligence. We understand that in order for your case to be successful, we must show the driver failed to act in a reasonable manner, and therefore, breached the duty that drivers are charged with. That breach must have been responsible for your accident, and your injuries directly caused by the accident.
One of the most difficult parts of being an accident victim can be the necessary negotiations with insurance companies. When you allow The Lobb Law Firm to negotiate on your behalf, your chances of reimbursement increase and the amount you are paid will be maximized. The Lobb Law Firm will see to it that your damages are paid and your needs—both current and future—are fully met. Working with The Lobb Law Firm is easy. We will do everything in our power to make the process painless and hassle-free. Every aspect of your bicycle accident claim will be managed by our highly qualified Southfield injury lawyers.
When you need an experienced, reliable, knowledgeable personal injury attorney, The Lobb Law Firm is the firm to call. As we help you overcome the struggles associated with your Michigan bicycle accident, you will quickly come to trust us to always do what is best for you, your family, and your future. We handle many cases out of Detroit, Southfield, Sterling Heights, and Dearborn Heights, however if you or a loved one are anywhere in Wayne County, Macomb County, or Oakland County, and have suffered a bicycle accident resulting in a personal injury or a wrongful death, contact The Lobb Law Firm today for a free consultation.