Bicycle Accident Attorney in Tacoma, WA

Even though bicycling comprises only 1 percent of the trips taken each day in the United States, per the National Household Travel Surveys, cyclists face a much higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles. In 2010, more than half a million cyclists had to visit the emergency room for injuries, and more than 800 cyclists were killed, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When cyclists are involved in a motor vehicle accident, the chances of catastrophic and fatal injuries can be high. Even though Washington has rigid traffic laws in place to keep everyone on the road safe, not everybody follows the rules, and thousands of people are injured or killed as a result.

If you or a loved one were injured in a bike accident that was the result of another party’s negligence or careless actions, speak to a local bicycle accident lawyer immediately to discuss your legal options.

Types of Bicycle Accident Cases

Bicycle accidents can be attributed to any number of causes and contributing factors, such as:

  • accidents caused by drunk driving or speeding;
  • car doors opening in front of cyclists;
  • turning accidents in which the driver didn’t watch for cyclists;
  • road rage accidents;
  • pedestrians struck by buses and other municipal vehicles;
  • drivers failing to give right of way;
  • cyclists failing to obey traffic rules;
  • street and bicycle path defects;
  • bike defects that caused an accident; and
  • drivers texting and driving.

Are you eligible for compensation?

After a serious bicycle accident, your eligibility for filing a claim or lawsuit for compensation primarily depends upon one factor: fault. Who was at fault in the accident? In many instances, there’s no clear answer. The rider may be partly at fault; the driver may be at fault; or perhaps even the city, property owner or manufacturer could be at fault in certain situations.

The good news for injured cyclists and their families is that even if the cyclists were partly to blame for the accident, it doesn’t completely bar them from financial restitution. They still may pursue compensation, but their settlement award will be reduced by the degree of fault.

Liability and proving negligence can get extremely complicated in bicycle accident cases, and there are additional components and protocols for pursing a successful case. To discuss the particulars of your case and your eligibility, speak to a local attorney who handles personal injury or wrongful death cases.

Giving Your Case the Advantage

Serious bicycle accident injuries cause an enormous amount of damages. The total losses a victim must incur go far beyond medical bills. In addition, the victim likely will experience loss of income, short- or long-term disability, and pain and suffering, among other damaging repercussions.

If someone else was at fault for your accident, you shouldn’t have to foot the bill for these damages. To prove your case effectively and obtain the compensation to which you’re entitled, hire an attorney familiar with this area of law and this type of case.

Having the right attorney with the right resources to represent your case and fight for your best interests can give your case the advantage and greatly increase your chances of obtaining a fair settlement.

Consult a Lawyer in Tacoma

Bicycle accident attorney Daryl Graves handles various areas of personal injury law in Tacoma. He has the skill set and resources necessary to help bicycle accident victims obtain the compensation they need and deserve.

To discuss your case and determine if we are the right fit for you, contact us today at Daryl Graves Law, PLLC to set up a free initial consultation – (253) 383-7777.

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Daryl Graves Law, PLLC practices primarily in the areas of criminal defense law and personal injury. If you are seeking representation in one of these, or simply have a question that you would like to ask an attorney, feel free to call Daryl Graves Law, PLLC at 253-383-7777 or complete the form below.

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