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Bicycle Accidents Attorney in Wilmington, NC

Speaks Law Firm seeks compensation for individuals who have been injured in bicycle accidents in North Carolina.
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Do You Need a North Carolina Bicycle Accident Attorney?

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you have likely experienced pain and shock along with continued frustration as you are now dealing with medical expenses and reduced capability following the unfortunate incident. Bike rides can be risky, especially when negligent drivers break traffic laws, fail to pay attention, and cause catastrophic injuries to riders. When these types of tragedies strike, you need a bicycle accident attorney to help you seek compensation for your injuries.

Among dangerous states for riders, North Carolina is ranked 7th, and nearly half of crashes cause significant injuries. With these major injuries come medical bills, missed work, and long-term recoveries that can take months or years. Working with a bicycle accident law firm can alleviate the stress of dealing with the driver’s insurance company, allowing you peace of mind while you mend.

What to Do After a Bike Accident in North Carolina

A person injured in a bicycle accident will typically need to file a claim against the driver who caused the accident. Assuming the driver is at fault for the incident, their insurance company will settle the claim for damages, which may include lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

However, be advised that insurance companies are skilled at finding ways to reduce or deny injury claims. A personal injury attorney experienced in bicycle accident injury cases will be able to negotiate on your behalf, and you should involve them early in the process to avoid being manipulated into compromising your claim.

There are several other important steps to take immediately after the accident, which are important both to your health and your personal injury case:

  • Call 911. Phoning the police ensures that there is an accident report to use as evidence. The police can also dispatch an ambulance if necessary.
  • Record the driver’s information. Document the driver’s name and license number, contact information (including phone number and email), and vehicle license plate number. If possible, take pictures of the documents with your phone.
  • Gather evidence. If you can, document what happened at the scene: Take pictures of relevant signs or obstacles, and collect witness statements. Don’t forget to ask for the witnesses’ contact information.
  • Seek medical attention. Even if you think you have minor or zero injuries, consult with a doctor right away. Some injuries take time to manifest, and avoiding the doctor could harm your case.

Contact our legal team at Speaks Law Firm today to schedule a free case review.

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Why Choose Speaks Law Firm?

Accidents can happen at any time. You can be as careful as you can be, but you can never predict the action of others out on the road. When this happens, you need someone to speak on your behalf to fight for your rights. Speaks Law Firm is here for you.

  • Our People. Our team is our main differentiator. We hired each one for their solid background and experience in the field. This all-star cast of talented, dedicated, and accomplished legal professionals cares about your case. With over 20 years of experience, we will do our best to fight for your rights.
  • Our Process. We have built collaboration into our process. Our legal professionals were selected to work at the firm due to their experience. They work together to build your case and help you reach your goals.
  • Our Commitment. You need someone committed to fighting for your rights after an accident that places you in a vulnerable position. At Speaks Law Firm, our team works hard to provide our clients in Wilmington, NC, and the surrounding areas with sound legal service. We speak for you.
  • Free Consultation. Our lines of communication are open. You can set up a free consultation if you need to discuss your personal injury case and find the right legal option for your situation.

North Carolina is a Pure Contributory Negligence State

Bicyclists in North Carolina face a legal uphill battle in accident cases. As a pure contributory negligence state, the plaintiff victim could be prevented from seeking any compensation if they were even 1% at fault for the accident.

This standard requires a fact-driven analysis and could entail complex negotiations with the driver’s insurance company. To avoid writing a hefty settlement check, the insurance company will look for any indication that the rider did something that caused the accident. A bicycle injury lawyer at Speaks Law Firm will be familiar with these tactics and ready to argue on your behalf.

Understanding North Carolina’s Bike Laws

Because of North Carolina’s contributory negligence standard, it is essential to be aware of the critical bike laws that could affect your case. While it is often common sense to follow traffic laws, we are all human, and a misstep could be life-threatening.

Insurance companies will work to verify whether you followed these laws:

  • Use of appropriate lights when riding at night
  • Adherence to the speed limit
  • Riding on the right side of the road
  • Stopping and yielding when necessary
  • Executing safe lane changes
  • Not riding while impaired
  • Following helmet laws
  • Using arm signals

Our bike accident attorneys at Speaks Law Firm can discuss the details surrounding your injury during your free case review.

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Types of Damages for North Carolina Bicycle Accidents

Injured riders can seek compensation for the following if the driver was fully responsible for the accident:

  • Medical bills
  • Ongoing medical treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost earnings
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death compensation

Our experienced North Carolina bicycle accident attorneys can assess fault based on the details of your accident and manage your claim to seek compensation for your injuries.

Find Out How Much Your Case is Worth

Every bicycle accident claim is different, but there are formulas that insurance companies and legal teams use to estimate how much your case is worth. The answer depends on a variety of factors, including the accident circumstances, the extent of your injuries, and how the accident affected you economically.

We encourage you to act quickly to consult with an experienced North Carolina bicycle accident lawyer to understand the appropriate steps moving forward. At Speaks Law Firm, we are prepared to estimate the value of your case and manage it, interfacing with the insurance companies on your behalf.

At no cost to you, contact us today to schedule a free case review with our legal team in Wilmington, NC.

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What Areas Do You Serve? (view full answer)
We are proud to protect the rights of our injured neighbors in Wilmington, Charlotte, and surrounding areas across North Carolina. If you were injured in an accident anywhere in North Carolina, we’re here for you.
Do I Need a Lawyer? (view full answer)
While a lawyer isn’t required, having an experienced personal injury law firm on your side will generally result in a substantially greater settlement for your claim. Additionally, an attorney can handle the hassles of your case and make the challenging legal process much easier for you and your family.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost? (view full answer)
Our attorneys at Speaks Law Firm are proud to work on a contingency-fee basis. This means our payment is dependent on whether we are able to secure compensation for you. We feel this is the best way to serve our clients because it enables them to acquire the full service of an experienced attorney without […]
Who Is Responsible for My Medical Bills? (view full answer)
North Carolina law places the cost of accidents and injuries on those who caused them. With this in mind, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills from the other party's insurance company. If you are unsure who was at fault in your accident, our lawyers can go over the event with […]

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