If you live in Wilmington and you are a cyclist, you’re fortunate to be able to enjoy the beauty of the city from a unique vantage point. You’re also making a great choice for your health, both of which are wonderful. As with many activities though, despite all of the positives, there are occasionally a few negatives too. Where cycling is concerned, it’s important to realize that while it is a great recreational activity, it does come with some risks.
Each year, almost 1000 bicyclists are hit by vehicles on the roadways of North Carolina. Approximately 20 of them are killed in those accidents, and around 60 are seriously injured . This makes North Carolina one of the least safe states in the country for bicycling – a fact that bicyclists would do well to be aware of when they take to the roads.
When that happens, you may suddenly find that your life has been turned upside down. You may be injured and require ongoing treatment that quickly causes your medical bills to pile up. You may have difficulty paying those medical bills because you’re unable to work. You may begin to panic, and wonder what options you might have under the law – whether any recovery is possible for an accident that was not your fault. If you’ve come to this page wondering those things, you’ve come to the right place.
First and foremost, it’s important to realize that if you are a cyclist in North Carolina, in the eyes of the law, you have the legal status of a vehicle. This means that you have the same rights and responsibilities as any other driver on the roadway – and that other drivers have those same rights and responsibilities towards you.
While the law regarding all of the various rules of the road that drivers and cyclists must obey can seem complex, it essentially boils down to the duty to look out for those who share the roadways with you, and not to act negligently in the operation of your vehicle. If another driver acts negligently and injures you in a bicycle accident that was in no way your fault, you may be able to recover from that driver’s insurance company just as you would if you were injured in a crash in which you were driving a car and were not at fault. Aside from accidents caused by other negligent drivers on the roadway, you may be able to recover for an accident resulting from unsafe roadways that were poorly maintained by a government entity responsible for doing so, or if your bicycle malfunctioned in some way because it was negligently manufactured or had some sort of product defect.
Regardless of what caused your accident, if you were not at fault, various types of compensation may be available, including compensation for past, present and future medical treatment, lost wages and anticipated lost future earnings, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. Speaking with a knowledgeable and experienced Wilmington bicycle accident attorney who understands the law and how it might apply to your particular case should always be your first step in seeking the compensation you deserve.
At The Clauson Law Firm, our expert team of bicycle accident attorneys is dedicated to protecting and advocating for the rights of Wilmington cyclists. We are here for you, to offer support, to answer your questions, and to work with you to determine the best strategies to move your claim forward successfully. We firmly believe that every cyclist in Wilmington deserves to have safe roadways to enjoy, and we are proud to stand up for that cause on behalf of every client we serve.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident and you need a bicycle accident attorney with knowledge and experience on your side, we’re here for you. We understand the law, and we’ll fight for you so you can focus on healing. Don’t delay seeking the compensation you need to move forward toward a healthier, happier chapter today. We’re here to help you do exactly that. Visit us on our website at www.clausonlaw.com, or call us at (833)680-0177. We look forward to talking with you soon.