A recently released study from the NHTSA reported that over 51,000 cyclists were injured in accidents on American roads – and out of those injured, over 630 of those bicycle riders were killed. As you may already expect, the causes of these injuries were quite varied, but the primary reasons were centered around car and truck drivers simply being distracted, and not paying attention to bicyclists riding on our roads.
An unfortunate result of these situations is that in most cases, many bicycle riders receive very serious injuries (along with the associated medical bills) when they have been involved in a collision that wasn’t their fault. Simply put, a rider on a bike is no match for a three thousand pound automobile.
If you or a loved one has received an injury from a vehicle-related bicycle crash, we can help. The team of lawyers at Lewis & Keller have over 150 years of combined experience in handling personal injury lawsuits and are ready to help you today.
Contact us now by filling in the form to the left – your first case review is free!
How Auto Insurance Limits Affect Riders
While the minimum amount of liability insurance required in the state of North Carolina is $30,000, in many cases, this coverage is not be enough to cover your medical and recovery expenses – ESPECIALLY if your bike injuries are severe. Here at Lewis & Keller, we understand your rights. We know that even though all automobile policies provide coverage for the driver, many standard policies do not cover your spouse and any family members living in the same household – even though additional coverage CAN be easily added to most policies.
With this in mind, as a rider it is usually a good idea to have Medical Payments Coverage and Uninsured and Under-insured motorist coverage in the event of an accident – to help give you an extra “safety net” should you find yourself the victim in an auto incident.
It cannot be stressed enough that Med Pay, Uninsured, and Under-insured motorist coverage can be extremely helpful if you ever sustain an vehicle-related bicycle injury in North Carolina. However, hopefully – you will never need to use this coverage, but in the event you do, you will be very thankful that you have it.
What To Do After An Injury
If you have been injured, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you seek appropriate medical attention immediately. If possible, it is wise to also remember and act on the following points:
- Be sure to write down any driver information promptly (name, contact information, address etc….)
- Ask the names of any witnesses
- Take pictures of the scene
- The last point is quite important, as the details of a crash scene are often quickly forgotten, and photographic evidence is very valuable information to have should you wish to pursue a compensation claim after the event has occurred.
How To Contact A Bicycle Accident Injury Attorney
By contacting a reputable North Carolina bicycle accident lawyer, you can begin the process to start filing your claim. The lawyers at Lewis & Keller have the knowledge and resources to guide you through the personal injury litigation process, and will fight to obtain the MAXIMUM compensation amount that you are entitled to.
If you have been injured riding your bicycle on our roads, please contact our Greensboro or Winston-Salem bicycle accident lawyers and take advantage of our No Fee Promise. We will evaluate your case for free and there is never a fee unless we win your lawsuit.
Simply fill out the Free Case Evaluation form to the left to get started!