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Going for a bike ride on a beautiful day is a wonderful outdoor activity for children and adults alike. Unfortunately, bicycles lack many of the safety features passenger vehicles have, leaving riders exposed and prone to injury in the event of an accident.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Parkersburg bicycle accident injury lawyer who can pursue the compensation you deserve. The personal injury attorneys at Jim Leach Attorneys at Law are ready to help you recover after a serious bicycle accident that was someone else’s fault.

If you have a serious bicycle accident claim, you better have a serious lawyer like Jim Leach. Here are a few of the many reasons why you should talk to Jim Leach Attorneys at Law now:

  • Our firm’s experience, resolve and dedication set us apart.
  • Jim Leach is a former prosecutor and longtime personal injury lawyer who has earned a reputation for strong client representation.
  • Insurance companies know we are ready to go to court, which makes us better able to secure full and fair compensation at the negotiating table.
  • We know how insurance companies work and how they set a settlement value for your individual case. We use that information to your advantage
  • We will take your case only if we believe we can put you in a better situation with our help.
  • We prioritize attentive client service and frequent updates.
  • Our staff uses a unique case-management system to ensure that your case moves smoothly from start to finish, improving the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Bicycle accident victims may be entitled to significant compensation for their injuries, but it’s important to act quickly. Please contact the bicycle accident lawyers at Jim Leach Attorneys at Law online or by phone to schedule a free consultation. The consultation is free and we charge no attorney’s fee until you get paid.

Maybe all you need is a little advice. If so, we are happy to provide that at no cost. However, we often find that most bike accident victims could achieve a better outcome with our help

Jim represents bicycle accident victims in Parkersburg and surrounding areas of West Virginia (including Wood County) and Ohio (including Marietta and Washington County).

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Many accidents involving a bicycle and a passenger vehicle are caused by an inattentive or distracted driver. For example, under West Virginia law a driver who passes a bicyclist must give an audible signal, pass on the left, and not return to the right side of the road until the vehicle is clear of the bicycle. Drivers who fail to obey this simple passing law could cause a catastrophic sideswipe accident.

Bicycle accidents might also be caused by a reckless driver who:

  • Runs a stop sign or red light
  • Fails to yield
  • Fails to yield the right of way
  • Doesn’t look before pulling out of a driveway or parking spot
  • Drives under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Even though bicyclists have the same right to use the road, some motorists are enraged by the simple presence of bikes on the road. This can result in road rage that carries serious injuries.

Bicycle Accident Injuries

All bicyclists must obey the same signs and traffic laws as motor vehicles. In addition, riders under the age of 15 are required by law to wear a helmet.

Though these state laws are in place to help protect bicycle riders in the event of an accident, the exposure of the rider and lack of safety features on a bike mean a collision with a car or other vehicle can result in catastrophic injuries, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Neck injuries, including whiplash
  • Spinal cord injuries, including those that cause paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Road rash (friction burns to the skin caused by contact with pavement)
  • Internal injuries, including organ damage and uncontrolled bleeding

If you were injured because of the carelessness of a driver who failed to observe your rights as a bicyclist, you might be entitled to damages such as medical costs, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.

Tragically, many bicycle collisions cause the death of the rider. If you have lost a close relative in a bicycle accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death claim.

Our lawyers have the resources and experience to fully investigate the bicycle accident and gather appropriate evidence in an effort to determine who was really at fault and who should be held liable for your losses.

If a hit-and-run driver caused the accident or the at-fault driver lacked enough insurance coverage, you may be able to recover compensation under your auto policy’s uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM). This coverage may apply even though you were injured while riding a bike rather than driving a car. It may also cover your children and other household members who are hit by a car while riding a bike. Our lawyers can help you seek coverage from all available sources of insurance.

Jim Leach Can Help. Call Us Now to Find Out How.

Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue compensation for injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an a bicycle accident in Parkersburg or surrounding areas of West Virginia and Ohio, please contact experienced personal injury lawyer Jim Leach today to schedule a free initial consultation. Jim is a serious lawyer who gets results for injured people with serious cases.

bicycle accident iconJim Leach Attorneys at Law will give you a free consultation so you can share details about your situation. We will take time to answer all your questions, ensuring that every detail has been gathered. Once all the facts are organized, Jim will determine your best options for seeking maximum compensation.

Maybe all you need is a little advice. If that’s the case, we are happy to provide it free of charge. However, we often find that seriously injured bicycle accident victims could achieve a better outcome with our help. If that’s true in your situation, we are ready to fight for your right to full and fair compensation – either in the conference room or in the courtroom.

Contact us now for a free claim review and free advice about your legal options.