If you’re a bicyclist, you know how dangerous traveling on a busy street can be. Not only are you at odds with vehicles much bigger than you, but you also have minimal protection should a car or truck hit you. Because of this exposure, you may end up sustaining far more serious injuries than the negligent party.
If you or a loved one is recovering in a bicycle accident, you might be able to recover damages, such as your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A New Iberia bicycle accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can protect your rights and help you review your legal options. You can start today with a free consultation.
We Can Start on Your Case with No Upfront Payment from You
We realize that money can be tight after an accident. In many cases, injured victims are facing unpaid medical and household bills and other situations stemming from their accidents. It can be stressful.
For this reason, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers is a contingency law firm. This means we do not accept payment up front from our clients. We only get paid if you recover compensation in your case. We then take an agreed-upon percentage if we recover a settlement award or court-ordered award for you.
We’ve Recovered Millions for Injured Clients Throughout Louisiana
We take pride in protecting our clients’ rights while fighting for their recovery. We will be there for you every step of the way, explaining how the laws apply to your case, answering your questions, and keeping you updated on any changes. To date, we have won more than $200 million for our clients, showing how serious we take pursuing justice for them
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer serving New Iberia, call 337-221-9907
How We Provide Legal Support for New Iberia Bicycle Accident Victims
Trying to file legal action while treating your injuries or dealing with the loss of a loved one can be difficult. We are here to support you. During your free consultation, we will review your accident and seek to build a case proving that you should recover your damages. We will:
- Gather and look over all evidence from the accident
- Talk with witnesses and record their accounts about what happened
- Identify the at-fault party and establish how they were negligent
- Assess your damages and assign your case a value
- Negotiate with the liable party’s insurer on your behalf for a settlement that meets your needs
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Recoverable Damages in a New Iberia, LA, Bicycle Accident Case
Our legal team must prove that the opposed party in your case caused your accident by acting recklessly or carelessly. We will pursue monetary awards that could help you recover the costs you incurred. Your case likely involves a range of economic and non-economic damages.
Examples of economic damages (financial) include:
- Medical treatment, future care needs, and related costs
- Lost wages and other income
- Diminished earning ability
- Bicycle repair or replacement
- Other accident-related expenses
Examples of non-economic damages (non-financial) include:
- Pain and suffering
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Other intangible losses
Wrongful Death Damages May be Recoverable in Your Case
If a New Iberia bicycle accident caused fatal injuries, the victim’s qualifying relatives could seek compensation with a wrongful death action. This could help them recover the decedent’s end-of-life expenses, including their funeral and burial expenses.
If this happened to your loved one, we offer our condolences and are sorry for your loss. We know this is hard time, so let us know how we can help your family. We can explain your recoverable damages and how to hold the liable party accountable during your free consultation.
Who Pays for the Damages?
Identifying the negligent party is part of our lawyer’s job. Because more than one party could be liable, it requires careful work. Injured victims usually seek compensation from the negligent party’s insurance company or other parties, depending on the case.
Negligent parties could be the bike manufacturer if your brakes fail, for instance, the driver or the driver’s company, or even the city if a city-funded road crew caused the accident.
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You Have a Limited Time to File Your Injury Case in Louisiana
According to CC Art. 3492, you must file a personal injury claim (in this case, a bicycle accident) with the civil court within one year from the day of the accident. It may seem like you have plenty of time, but it goes fast.
If you are seeking wrongful death damages and wish to file legal action, you also have only one year, per CC 2315.2. We encourage you to reach out to us as soon as possible so that can we preserve your right to sue.
What Can I Sue for?
If your lawyer determines that the accident is not your fault after a thorough investigation, the cause of your accident may fall into one of the following categories:
Although it is occasionally the subject of slapstick in movies, dooring is a very real thing. The term refers to someone opening their car door while stationary, unaware that someone is traveling parallel to them. In this case, the bicyclist hits the door, unable to slow down or brake in time. This is usually a case of negligence as the door opener was either distracted or didn’t check their mirrors before opening the door.
Bike Lane Crash
This is self-explanatory. A bike lane crash is when a car or truck drifts into the bike lane and hits a cyclist. Debris left in the lane can also cause these crashes.
Anyone can be at fault for an intersection collision, be it a drunk driver or a road work crew too distracted to notice a bicycle coming their way. Intersections are particularly hazardous for cyclists.
Why Should I Use a Lawyer for My New Iberia Bicycle Accident Case?
Bicycle accidents are tricky. Though it may be obvious who is at fault, a cyclist has legal responsibilities they must abide by, such as:
- Cyclists cannot cling to motor vehicles that are in motion.
- Cyclists cannot carry more passengers than the bicycle is designed to hold.
- Although there is no helmet law in Louisiana, children aged 12 and under must legally wear one.
- DUIs apply to cyclists just as they do to motor vehicle drivers.
- If riding at night, bicycles must have front and rear lights visible from 500 feet.
- Bikes need an audible alert system, preferably a bell.
- Brakes must work at all times.
- Cyclists must follow road rules and take care when overtaking a car.
Because of the nuances and subjectivity of Louisiana bike laws, our injury lawyer can protect your rights and make sure you are treated fairly during the legal process.
How do I Start a Bicycle Accident Claim?
If you’ve just been in a bicycle accident, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. The hospital will officially document your injuries, and you may receive a copy of this report later. You or someone you know should also take photos of your injuries on the day of the accident. You should then obtain a copy of the police report from the day of your injury.
Even if you decide not to follow up with a claim right away, compiling the paperwork you need immediately after the accident can save you from having to recall the day’s events months later. Next, you can meet with us during free consultation to learn how our bicycle accident lawyer serving New Iberia can help.
Call Us Today for a Free Consultation About Your New Iberia Bicycle Crash
Dealing with an injury from a bicycle accident while having to submit a claim is a pain-staking process, but you don’t have to go it alone.
Call a team member today at (337) 777-7777 about your free consultation. We’re ready to learn more about your accident and how our New Iberia bicycle accident lawyer can help your case.