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How are bicycle accidents different?

Hi, my name is David Brown; I’m a lawyer and a partner at Brett Murphy Law Firm. I’m also a cyclist. Cycling is a big part of my life and the life of my family.  In fact my wife and I celebrated our honeymoon by riding our bikes across Spain. 

Now because of that, people often ask me:

 “What do I do if someone hurts me while I’m riding my bicycle?” 

This is what I tell them:

I say you need to find a lawyer that’s a good fit for you and understands how to handle a case involving a bicycle, and I think there are three things that are really important to think about when you’re making that decision.

The First one is, you want a lawyer who is comfortable handling a case involving serious injuries.  When a car hits a bicycle your injuries are often serious if not catastrophic, and you want a lawyer whose comfortable handling that type of claim, and who knows how to present a serious case, to an insurance company or to a jury.

Next, you want a lawyer who understands the unique laws which apply to bicycles.  Now, for the most part, bicycles are treated just like any other automobile on the road and they have all the rights and privileges of a car, but there are few unique laws which apply only to bicycles.  For instance, there are specific lighting requirements that apply only to bikes, and there are requirements for how many cyclists can ride next to each other in the lane; two abreast for instance. 

Now finally, you want a lawyer who understands the prejudices that sometimes affect folks who aren’t bicyclists.  As unfortunate as it is, there are many people, including jurors and insurance adjusters, who will be handling your case, who don’t ride bicycles and think of a cyclist only as an impediment, as something that gets in the way when they’re on their way home from work.  You want a lawyer who believes in your case, but also knows how to communicate with those folks; who knows how to communicate the seriousness of the mistake that was made by the person who hurt you, and can talk with them about how scary it is when drivers are being unsafe when you’re riding your bike.

If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident, give me a call, I’d be happy to talk with you. The consultation is free and there’s no obligation. You can reach me at 1-800-925-1875 or complete our confidential contact form.