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Being struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle can be a harrowing experience. If you or a loved one has suffered traumatic injuries after a collision, you have the right to pursue the cost of your damages from the responsible party. Depending upon the details of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and psychological distress.
When a distracted or otherwise negligent driver fails to use care while on the road, the results can be deadly.
Louisiana law affords bicyclists the same rights to the road as other drivers. A bicycle has no protection against the force of a collision caused by a motor vehicle. The lack of a seatbelt or airbags can cause you severe and sometimes permanent injuries.
Some bicyclists do not survive the impact. If you lost a close loved one in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. Possible types of compensation may cover funeral and burial costs, final medical expenses, loss of consortium, and more.
Insurance companies strive to settle cases quickly so that they can focus on the next claimant. Do not accept any settlement offers without first securing legal representation. You may find that the terms you agreed on do not cover every aspect of your bicycle accident.
Whether you file a personal injury or wrongful death claim, the statute of limitations is one year. While this timeframe may seem generous, it can pass quickly amid medical treatments or grieving a loved one.
If you were seriously injured while riding your bicycle due to the careless actions of another driver, or you lost a close loved one, fight for justice. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers now at (337) 777-7777.