Aiken Bicycle Accident Attorney
Someone else’s negligence may have caused or contributed to your bicycle accident injuries. You can seek compensation from a liable party, and an Aiken bicycle accident attorney from our office wants to help.
Our team at Poulin | Willey | Anastopoulo, LLC. can handle your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit from start to finish while you rest and recover. We offer free consultations and work on contingency.
Bicycle Accident Damages You Could Collect
Bicycle accidents can be devastating for victims since they lack the protective covering of a vehicle. Even if you were wearing a helmet and other protective gear, injuries can be severe and lead to financial strain.
As a result, you can pursue the liable party for a variety of damages, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Permanent disability
- Temporary disability
- Loss of consortium
- Disfigurement or scar tissue
- Past and future loss of wages
- Past and future medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost career opportunities
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Other accident-related expenses
A personal injury attorney from our office can tell you which of these categories apply to your case and calculate how much you should ask for in your claim or lawsuit. That way, you know we will be negotiating for fair compensation, including any future losses that may come your way.
For example, you may need ongoing medical care or not be able to return to work. You deserve fair compensation for these accident-related losses.
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How an Aiken Bicycle Accident Attorney Could Help You
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported that ten pedal cyclists, including bicyclists, were injured in Aiken in 2020. While none suffered fatal injuries that year in Aiken, bicyclists across the state died in accidents at a rate of just over one per month.
Poulin | Willey | Anastopoulo, LLC. does not want you to have to face the legal system alone. We can take care of everything for you, including:
- Communicating with the other involved parties through phone calls, email, or paper forms as necessary
- Identifying all liable parties and all of the types of damages that you are entitled to collect
- Negotiating a pretrial settlement or representing you at trial—whatever your case demands
- Collecting evidence to prove that the liable party had a duty to behave responsibly, that they did not fulfill this duty, and that you suffered as a result
- Responding to all client questions in a timely manner with useful and relevant information
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Who Is Responsible for Bicycle Accidents?
Ultimately, most bicycle accidents are caused by someone’s negligent behavior. Identifying the negligent party is critical to filing a lawsuit and collecting compensation.
The liable party in your case could be one or more of the following parties. An Aiken bicycle accident lawyer from our office could investigate your case and make sure you sue the appropriate parties.
#1. A Driver
Page 89 of the DPS report lists the top five causes of motor vehicle accidents in Aiken County in 2020. They are:
- Speeding/driving too fast
- Running off the road
- Not yielding the right of way to someone else when appropriate
- Distracted driving (e.g., texting and driving)
- Changing lanes improperly (e.g., they did not put on their turn signal)
Each of these factors is attributable to driver error, making the driver a very likely liable party in traffic accident cases.
#2. A Manufacturer
In rare cases, traffic accidents happen because of a defective part. For example, if a driver tried to brake but could not, and if they hit you as a direct result of the brake failure, the manufacturer of the faulty brakes could be deemed liable. They could therefore be a subject of your lawsuit.
#3. A Maintenance Team
Motor vehicles require regular checkups from a professional mechanic, and even bicyclists may take their bike into the shop for a tune-up or to fix a problem.
If the mechanic or bicycle repair shop someone uses is negligent in fulfilling their duties, they could miss (or even cause) a serious problem with the vehicle. This, in turn, can make accidents more likely or more serious.
#4. A Government Agency
When you pay taxes, part of that money goes to the local government, which uses it to keep the roads you travel on in good repair. This means they must clear away dangerous debris, fix or replace broken street signs, and fill in potholes. If they do not, and an accident occurs, you could sue them for damages.
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Things to Do After a Bicycle Accident
Per S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530, you have three years from the accident date to file a lawsuit. A bike accident lawyer serving Aiken, SC, can help make sure you file your case promptly so you do not accidentally give up your right to compensation.
After an accident, you naturally want to do everything possible to keep yourself safe and protect your rights. This includes taking many of the same steps as you would after a car accident, including:
- Assessing your injuries and getting emergency care if necessary
- Collecting information from the person who hit you
- Taking pictures of the damage done to your person and your bike
- Avoiding making unnecessary statements to others about the collision
You will also want to start thinking about your legal options. You may have already done so by plugging “bike accident lawyer near me” into a search engine or asking your friends if they know of a good law firm.
Poulin | Willey | Anastopoulo, LLC. wants to be the firm that helps you through this difficult time. We strive to provide clients with professional, compassionate service when and where they need it. One former client, Madeline Cooper, summarized our service in her testimonial: “Excellent service and always helpful to answer my questions! Thank you.”
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Get Help After Your Aiken Bicycle Accident
Call Poulin | Willey | Anastopoulo, LLC. to get started on your case. Our number is (800) 313-2546, and we encourage bicycle accident victims to call us as soon as possible. We can provide you with a free case evaluation, and one of our attorneys serving Aiken can guide you through the process of seeking financial recovery.