When Motorists Cause Injury to Michigan Bicyclists, We Fight Back on Their Behalf For Full Compensation for Their Injuries
Bicycling is a popular form of recreation in Michigan. Unfortunately, despite the defensive measures taken by most cyclists (such as wearing a helmet and reflective clothing and riding defensively), bicycling can be dangerous. An enjoyable bike ride can easily turn into a tragedy due to the negligence of car and truck drivers, and as a result of those who were negligent in maintaining roadway safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), in 2010, there were 618 cycling fatalities in the United States. An additional 52,000 bicyclists were injured in crashes involving motor vehicles.
At Our Firm, We Stand Ready to Represent Bicyclists Against Those Responsible for Causing Injury and Death.
Those responsible include not only the drivers of vehicles but, in some cases, municipalities who are responsible for the condition of roadways.
As Michigan bicycle accident lawyers, we carefully investigate accident scenes in order to identify all of the contributing factors and potentially responsible people and entities to a cycling crash. Often, accident reconstructionists and experts play a key role in determining the position of the bicycle and vehicles at the time the accident occurred, as well as the speed of vehicles involved in the accident.
Some of the critical questions that we will want answered include the following:What was the condition of the roadway at the time of the accident?
- What was the condition of the roadway at the time of the accident? Did uneven pavement, a defective sewer grating, or other roadway defect cause the cyclist to swerve or lose control of their bike?
- Did the crash occur in a designated bike lane? If so, was the lane clearly marked?
- Were there previous cycling or pedestrian accidents at the same location of the crash? If so, were any changes made to the roadway to improve safety based upon such accident(s)?
- Were there witnesses to the accident? If so, what do they have to say about the accident?
- Was the driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
- What was the driver doing at the time of the crash? Was the driver distracted by cell phone usage or texting?
These are some of the questions that we will have concerning bicycle/vehicle crashes. By thoroughly investigating the accident, interviewing (and deposing) witnesses, and engaging accident constructionists and experts, we are able to more accurately identify all of the factors that contributed to the cycling accident, as well as the people and municipalities who may bear responsibility. Once this determination is made, our next step is to seek to recover against those responsible for their share of the bicycling injuries and damages sustained.
Tragically, Bicycling Accidents Can Result in Severe Injury and Death.
Even when helmets are worn, serious head injury (and traumatic brain injury, or TBI) can result, which can lead to serious physical and mental damages and long recoveries. Because cyclists have almost no protection other than a helmet, severe lacerations, and internal injuries are commonplace.
It is our job as Michigan bicycling attorneys to obtain recovery for the injuries and damages sustained by cyclists when they are hit by cars, trucks, or other vehicles.
If You or a Loved One has been Injured in a Bicycling Accident in Michigan, or if a Loved One has been Killed in a Bicycling Accident Caused by Someone Else, Please Call Us for a Free Consultation.
We can explain how we will thoroughly investigate your accident, hire experts and accident reconstructionists when necessary, and identify all those who we believe are responsible for your injuries. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to seek to recover for you all allowable damages under Michigan law, and to obtain for you the compensation you deserve.
There is no cost for this consultation, and you are under no obligation to retain our firm. If you do choose to retain us, we will serve as your attorneys on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not owe us any fees unless we recover for you.