Wilmington Bike Accident Attorney
Bicycle Accidents in North Carolina
Biking is a great way to get around. However, whether you enjoy recreational cycling or you rely on your bike as your primary method of transportation, you face certain risks out on the road. Bicyclists are often at the mercy of motor vehicle drivers—and when those drivers are careless, reckless, or negligent, bicyclists can be seriously hurt.
If you were injured or if your loved one was killed after being struck by a car or another motor vehicle while biking, turn to the team at David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC. Since 1988, our Wilmington bicycle accident attorneys have been tirelessly fighting for the rights of injured cyclists throughout southeastern North Carolina. We understand your concerns, and we are ready to help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
How Do Bicycle Accidents Happen & Who Is to Blame?
“I didn’t see them.” It’s an excuse many motorists use in the wake of a bike accident. In Wilmington and other communities throughout North Carolina, this lax attitude toward cyclists leads to an alarming number of accidents and injuries every year. When motor vehicle drivers and other individuals are negligent, they can be held accountable.
Some of the leading causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Failing to yield the right of way to cyclists
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Speeding and/or reckless or aggressive driving
- Following or passing a cyclist too closely
- Driving while impaired/drunk driving
- Failing to obey traffic control devices (red lights, stop signs, etc.)
- Making unsafe or unlawful turns
- Failing to safely share the road with bicyclists
- Driving in a designated bike lane where doing so is not permitted
While many bicycle accidents involve cars, motorcycles, trucks, and other motor vehicles, cyclists can also be severely injured when they collide with other bicyclists or pedestrians. If a fellow cyclist or pedestrian was negligent, our Wilmington bicycle accident lawyers can help you bring a claim against the at-fault party for damages.
Damages in Bicycle Accident Cases
Unfortunately, bicyclists tend to suffer catastrophic injuries when they are hit by large, fast-moving vehicles. As a result, they often need extensive medical care and may be unable to work for weeks or months. In severe cases, these injuries can result in disability, preventing the victim from ever working and earning a living.
At David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, we fight to maximize our clients’ recoveries, seeking compensation for:
- All medical expenses related to the accident/injuries
- Lost income/wages
- Future medical expenses and lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
Depending on the specifics of your case, we may be able to seek additional damages, such as punitive damages, which are meant to punish the at-fault party and help create safer communities for all.
What to Do After a Bike Accident
The most important thing to do after the accident is seek medical attention. Even if you believe you were not seriously injured, see a doctor and receive a professional medical diagnosis. You should also contact an attorney as soon as possible, as you only have three years from the date of the accident (in most cases) to file a personal injury lawsuit.
After the accident, you may be able to use your own auto insurance coverage to receive compensation. Depending on your policy, your insurance could be a crucial resource in getting your medical bills paid and recovering lost wages.
If you were recently involved in a bicycle accident in or around Wilmington, Jacksonville, Wallace, or anywhere in southeastern North Carolina, reach out to David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC right away to learn how we can help. Our attorneys are ready to put over 120 years of combined legal experience on your side.