Raleigh Bicycle Accident Lawyer
As a cyclist, you have much less protection in the event of an accident. Other motorists are supposed to act with caution and care towards you for this reason. If someone’s negligence resulted in your harm, you deserve legal advocates who will fight to restore your health and stability.
Our Raleigh bicycle accident lawyers provide everything you need to recover compensation for your current and ongoing medical care, treatment, rehabilitation, and other financial damages. However, succeeding in complex injury cases is not the only thing that sets us apart from other personal injury law firms.
We fight for our clients as we would for our own families. This means we also lend our support to help you make the best recovery possible. Our high quality of care and compassion combined with our legal skill and experience is the Whitley Advantage. It’s why people in Raleigh and throughout North Carolina know us and turn to our injury lawyers for help when they are going through tough times.
Recovering from Serious Injuries Is a Physical and Emotional Journey
You deserve compensation for all your accident-related losses and expenses. However, assessing how the accident has affected and may continue to affect your life is no easy task, especially while you’re recovering from your injuries.
For example, a bike accident is almost sure to cause significant physical pain and suffering, but it may also leave you with emotional trauma such as nightmares or PTSD. As such, our demands for your compensation should take these debilitating conditions into account, along with your current and future losses. We may include these damages as we calculate the value of your case:
- Medical expenses, treatment, and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages during your recovery
- Compensation if your injuries affect your future employment
- Permanent scarring
- Loss of mobility
- Impaired enjoyment of life
- Lost or damaged property
Part of the Whitley Advantage is that we take the time to get to know our clients and carefully consider every way the accident has affected their home, family, and work life. By thoroughly assessing the extent of your financial damages, we know how much compensation is required to meet your current and ongoing needs.
What Is the Time Limit to File a Bicycle Injury Lawsuit?
Every personal injury lawsuit in North Carolina is subject to a time limit. According to NC G.S. §1-52, this time limit is three years from the date of the accident. Regrettably, if this deadline expires, you could be barred from collecting compensation, but do not worry. Our team is here to track these deadlines and avoid the possible consequences of an expired statute of limitations.
When You Are Seriously Injured, Supporting Your Needs Is Our Top Priority
While a minor fender-bender between two cars may cause minor bruises or sprains, a cyclist hit by a vehicle—even at low speeds—could sustain severe road rash, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or spinal damage. Common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Distracted drivers who may be texting instead of focusing on the road
- A driver turning without looking at an intersection
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- A driver exiting their vehicle without checking for oncoming road users
- Defective components
- Negligent road or highway maintenance, such as potholes
We know bicycle accidents can cause life-changing injuries that deeply affect you and your family, how you live, your career, and your future. With so much at stake, you want to work with an injury lawyer who truly cares and has what it takes to fight for your future. This is where our serious injury lawyers shine.
When you work with us, you have the added benefit of peace of mind. We treat you like family, standing with you through difficult times while also leading the fight for the compensation you need. Knowing that your attorneys have your best interests at the forefront of every decision can make each step a lot easier to take.
We Use Our Understanding of the Law to Support Your Right to Recovery
In North Carolina, bicycles are viewed as vehicles and are therefore governed under the same traffic laws as any car or truck on the road. However, bicycles are slower, quieter, and smaller than other vehicles, making them more difficult to see and hear as they approach.
Because of this, bicyclists must adhere to additional regulations beyond standard traffic laws, like having a light on their bike to illuminate their path or reflectors to make them more visible after dark. These regulations are meant to protect bicycle riders, but failure to abide by these rules could affect your case.
Our Raleigh bicycle crash attorney can further clarify how specific statutes and rules may apply to your case. We will use the evidence we collect to protect your rights to compensation and support your claims. Having attorneys with a thorough understanding of the laws surrounding cyclists in North Carolina is a major asset to your case.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Know How to Navigate Contributory Negligence
Unfortunately, claiming compensation for your injuries is not always straightforward. For example, North Carolina’s contributory negligence laws can make it difficult to recover compensation in a bicycle accident. Per contributory negligence laws, if you are even one percent to blame for the incident, you will be unable to recover compensation. As you can imagine, this is a powerful tool that defendants and their insurance companies often use to deny liability.
As such, building a strong claim relies on obtaining and organizing evidence that demonstrates how the at-fault party’s negligence was the sole cause of the accident and your injuries. Our Raleigh injury attorneys are meticulous when we gather the evidence required to build a strong case.
We leave no stone unturned when it comes to proving the at-fault party’s liability. This way, you do not have to worry about investigating the cause of the accident, taking statements from eyewitnesses while their memories are fresh, or collecting evidence to prove liability. We will handle each of these tasks on your behalf. We may also call on our network of professionals to provide expert testimony that supports your case.
Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers Are Here to Support You Every Step of the Way
At the Whitley Law Firm, our lawyers have been helping injured people for almost five decades. As such, we understand how being injured through no fault of your own can affect you and your family. We also understand the challenges you could face with the legal process and your worries about keeping up with bills and expenses during your recovery.
From the moment you reach out to our team, we are here to support you. Initially, we assess your legal options and suggest the best next steps for your case. Then, if we can help, we will take care of you and your family every step of the way.
Our legal services are provided with a contingency-fee arrangement, so you pay nothing until after we recover compensation for you. To learn more about how we can help, call us at (919) 785-5000 or contact us online for a free consultation.