Attorneys Who Fight For the Rights of Bicyclists
We hold negligent drivers responsible
Bicycles are a common sight on South Carolina roads. Drivers of cars and trucks need to share the road with bicycles, just as with any other vehicle. But too many fail to notice bicyclists, or only treat them as an afterthought or a nuisance. This leads to crashes that leave bicyclists seriously hurt. The bicycle accident attorneys at Lourie Law Firm help injured cyclists seek compensation for their injuries.
Bicyclists don't have protection when hit a by a car or truck, so accident injuries can be very serious. They include scarring from being dragged down the road, an injury known as road rash. They can suffer broken bones. More serious injuries can include spinal damage and traumatic brain injury. Even minor injuries can leave a bicyclist unable to work for some time.
Some of the types of bicycle accidents we handle include:
Drivers must obey the rules of the road when it comes to bicycles, but they will often deny responsibility after an accident. If a driver's negligence caused your accident, our legal team will conduct a full investigation. If we can establish negligence, we will work to recover damages for your injuries. This can include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. In many cases, we are able to resolve you case by negotiating with the insurance company.
Our attorneys fight to protect the rights of bicyclists. If you've been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Lourie Law Firm today. We offer a free consultation. Let's talk about your legal options.
A bicyclist is proceeding down the road, past a row of parked or stopped cars. Suddenly, a driver opens the door and the bicyclist collides into it. This is called "dooring," and it's very common in cities. It can cause serious injuries. Both bicyclists and drivers have a responsibility for safety. But when drivers don't take the time to look for bicycles, the bicyclist has little time to respond.
This is when a driver takes a left turn directly into the path of an oncoming bicyclist. It happens because the driver didn't see the bicycle, or underestimated how close it was. Either way, the result is a bicyclist suffering injuries after colliding into the side of a moving vehicle. Too many drivers don't take bicycles seriously on the road. But they have a responsibility to look for them and treat them as any other vehicle.
A car passes a bicyclist on the road, then takes a right turn, crossing the bike lane and causing a collision. In many cases, the driver either did not notice the bicycle, or just assumed the cyclist would slow down or stop. Instead, the bicyclist is injured after hitting the car's right side. Too many drivers just assume they always have the right of way over a bicycle on the road.
Cars and trucks weigh thousands of pounds each. When one brushes up against a bicycle on the road, even slightly, it can cause a very serious accident. These types of collisions are common in areas of heavy traffic. It can happen when a driver is distracted or a wide vehicle crosses the lane slightly. And drivers not paying attention to bicycles on the road are usually a factor in these types of accidents.
Hitting a pothole can be annoying when you're driving a car. But for bicyclists, hitting a pothole can cause serious injury. They can easily lose control of their bicycle and fall. Cities and counties have a responsibility to repair potholes in a timely manner. A bicyclist injured in a pothole accident may be able to seek damages for their injuries. An experienced bicycle accident attorney can advise you of your rights.
Forced Off Road
A bicyclist is traveling down the side of the road. A car or truck passes too close for comfort, maybe even striking the bicycle. As a result, the bicyclist is forced off the road and falls. Depending on the location, the bicyclist could fall down an embankment, or over a guardrail. This usually happens because a driver didn't notice the bicyclist, who is left with injuries and possibly a damaged bike.