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Bicycle Accident Lawyer
As The Popularity of Bicycling Grows, So Does the Risk of Serious or Fatal Accidents
Bicycling is a healthy physical activity for millions of Americans. It’s also a competitive sport, an inexpensive and echo-friendly means to commute to work, and it has growing importance in the tourism industry as electric bikes provide a great way to explore the sites, while reducing traffic and pollution. As the popularity of bike riding continues to grow, so does the number of accidents involving pedestrians, other bikes, or even worse: cars, trucks and motorcycles. The majority of accidents that occur are due to distracted drivers, failing to yield at intersections, swerving to avoid being hit or being struck with a door by someone attempting to exit a parked car.
Because cyclists have little protection from passing vehicles, they often suffer serious injuries in an accident, including broken bones, head, neck and back injuries, and spinal cord damage. According to a study published in 2017 by the University of California (San Francisco), as cycling has become more popular, medical costs from “non-fatal bike crashes climbed steadily by $789 million annually” (over a 17-year period). Unfortunately, insurance companies tend to blame bicyclists for accidents in hopes of avoiding liability. Without strong legal representation, the injured bicyclist is often times left to foot a staggering bill. In fact, a report from the National Safety Council notes that non-fatal bicycle injuries typically cost the victim more than $58,000 in medical expenses and lost wages.
Faced with these challenges, a bicycle accident victim needs strong and effective representation. Sheeley Law provides aggressive, results-driven representation for injured riders and the families of fatal accident victims. Attorney Ann Sheeley has more than 25 years of experience and a proven track record of helping accident victims obtain maximum compensation for their losses and suffering. At Sheeley Law, we look at the total effect that an accident has on a client’s life. This includes not only the monetary loss that an accident has caused, but also pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Our mission is making our clients whole again — by helping them obtain maximum compensation and the medical care and rehabilitation services they need.
In a case involving very serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, we retain the services of a life-care planner. This medical professional will identify all of the medical care and rehabilitation services the injured person will need for the rest of his or her life. Sheeley Law will seek full compensation for these needs, as well as for all other compensable losses.