Bike & Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Birmingham
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Representing the Injured in Jefferson County and Beyond
Biking to work is increasingly common. Bike riding or cycling and walking to improve conditioning is popular. In 2014, USA Today reported that bike commuting in the United States had increased by nearly 60 percent in the previous ten years. However, this increase in activity comes with an increase in injuries. Bicycle rider and pedestrian injuries are both up, according to the Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center. The most serious personal injuries are those caused by encounters with motor vehicles.
Call Our Law Office After a Bike or Pedestrian Accident
When a driver of a car, truck or other vehicle causes an accident because of negligence, he or she could be liable for the costs associated with the injuries and losses suffered by a rider or pedestrian. At the law office of Allwin E. Horn, IV, P.C., our lead attorney helps victims of motorcycle accidents obtain the compensation they need because of lost income, medical expenses and other costs related to the crash. To learn about your legal rights, contact us for a free consultation. Call us or contact us by email.
Causes of Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Many bike and pedestrian accidents have causes similar to those of motor vehicle accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Violating traffic laws by running stop signs and signals or committing other offenses
- Failing to signal
- Drivers violating the right-of-way of the cyclist or pedestrian
Other causes are specific to these types of accidents. For example, there are many pedestrian deaths in the United States every year because a driver of a car or truck fails to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Similarly, many cyclists are injured by the act of “dooring,” which means opening a car door in the path of a bicycle and causing the rider to fall. Instances like these are often the result of negligence and failing to take proper care. Before opening a car door, for example, one should look in the mirror to see if any pedestrians or bicyclists are moving forward toward the door side of the car. Failing to take normal precautions like this can constitute negligence.
Contact a Birmingham Lawyer After a Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident
At our law office, Mr. Horn builds strong cases for injured cyclists and pedestrians. He consults with medical experts and specialists to learn how the injuries have affected your life. He digs deep to determine the extent of the negligence that caused the accident and subsequent injuries. To discuss your case and find out whether you are eligible to file a personal injury claim, call us or contact us by email. The call and the consultation will cost you nothing and you will owe no fee unless and until we win compensation for you.