If you were hurt in a collision between your bicycle and a car, you may be juggling medical bills, time missed at work, and financial uncertainty. If another party’s negligence caused your accident, you may be able to hold them financially responsible for your damages. You might be entitled to financial compensation if you can prove that the at-fault party:
- Owed you a reasonable standard of care
- Neglected to provide that standard of care
- Caused your injuries by this negligence
- Created a financial consequence
You do not have to navigate this legal process on your own. A New Orleans bicycle accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to manage all aspects of your case when we represent you.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our bicycle accident team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (504) 777-7777.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2015, there were nearly 467,000 bicyclist injuries and more than 1,000 bicyclist fatalities in the U.S. The CDC estimates that in 2010, bicycle accident injuries cost a total of $10 billion in lifetime medical expenses and lost productivity.
Medical expenses start at the scene of the bicycle accident and continue until you are recovered. Because your body may be exposed to the full impact of a collision in a bicycle accident, you might sustain severe injuries.
In a bicycle accident, victims may suffer:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Ligament injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damages
- Cuts, bruises, or scrapes
- Injury to the face or teeth
- And more
Make sure to see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident to diagnose and begin treating any injuries you may have. This visit can also create evidence in your medical record that your injuries came from the accident.
In addition to post-accident treatment, your injuries may require short- or long-term physical and occupational therapy to recover. You may be entitled to compensation for your full range of medical expenses if you can prove that your bicycle accident was caused by another party’s negligence.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 777-7777
The Deadline to Sue in Louisiana
The depth and severity of injuries you sustain in a bicycle accident may mean you are unable to participate as fully as you would like in your compensation claim. The financial compensation claim may involve:
- Proving the responsible party’s liability
- Proving the cause of your injuries
- Proving the cost of your injuries
A New Orleans bicycle accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can manage all evidence gathering and legal work in your case when we represent you. We can also answer your questions, give you legal advice, and keep you updated on the progress of your case while you focus on your recovery.
We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible after your accident, as Civil Code (CC) §3492 sets a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in Louisiana. If this time limit expires before you take legal action, you could lose your ability to recover compensation via a lawsuit.
For a free consultation on your bicycle accident case with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (504) 777-7777.
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Evidence That Can Strengthen Your Claim
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can collect all accident- and injury-related evidence when you represent you. This evidence may include:
- Medical records and bills that substantiate the physical and financial extent of your injuries
- Pictures of your injuries, your damaged or destroyed bicycle, and of the at-fault driver’s vehicle, if possible
- Direct deposit receipts, paycheck stubs, and other documents that prove the amount of your income loss
- Traffic camera, residential, and video footage of the accident or its aftermath
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
In addition to these items, we can also thoroughly examine your crash report. If you lost consciousness due to your injuries or if they impaired your memory in any way, the details captured in the official crash report may help tell the story of the accident.
A crash report may tell our legal team:
- Contact information for the at-fault driver
- Contact information for his insurer
- Contact information for any witnesses
- Accident date, time, and location
- Road and weather conditions
- Primary and secondary crash factors
Your crash report may also contain the investigating officer’s accident narrative and any drug or alcohol involvement or citations issued at the scene of the accident. Our team may be able to use this information to build your compensation claim.
Recoverable Damages in a Bicycle Accident Case
Depending on the nature of your accident, the recoverable damages in a personal injury lawsuit may include:
- Current and future lost wages
- Current and future costs of medical care
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning capability
- And more
If your loved one lost their life in a New Orleans bicycle accident, you may be able to pursue a different set of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death damages may include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pre-death medical care
- Lost wages
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of companionship
- And more
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Whether you are filing a personal injury or a wrongful death lawsuit, a New Orleans bicycle accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you pursue compensation from the responsible party.
Call (504) 777-7777 to reach our personal injury team today. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to bicycle accident victims in New Orleans.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no upfront payments required to start. In this arrangement, you do not pay us attorney fees unless and until you win your case and recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.