Rapid urbanization in North Carolina has increased traffic on popular roadways and hostility toward bicyclists in general. Every year, bicycle accidents result in several deaths and hundreds of injuries in North Carolina.
Bike-related crashes can be devastating for victims and their families. If you or a loved one was in a bike accident, let the experienced attorneys at the DeMayo Law Offices handle your case.
Even if you don’t think you can afford an attorney, give us a call. Our team works on a contingent-fee basis, which means victims don’t pay anything unless we win their case.
Compensation for Bicycle Accident Victims
One of the first questions a victim or family member has after an accident involves negligence: who is responsible for the accident? And who is obligated to pay for damages?
These questions are important; they are the foundation of a personal injury claim. But the answers aren’t always easy to determine, even in a bike-related accident.
For example, North Carolina follows the contributory negligence doctrine, which bars accident victims from obtaining any compensation if he or she contributed (to any degree) to the accident or injury.
Determining who is at fault for a bicycle accident is a complex process that hinges on the care and competence of a legal team. Effective representation can make all the difference in determining if compensation is available.
The severity of the injury informs how much compensation should be awarded.
Compensation might include money for:
- Emergency services
- Medical bills
- Lost income and/or loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable on our roadways and often not seen by other drivers. Without the safety of exterior walls, bicyclists are far more likely to suffer serious injury compared to an individual driving a motor vehicle.
The Charlotte-based attorneys at the DeMayo Law Offices have the experience and foresight to seek comprehensive damages to help ensure victims and families are not left to struggle.
We handle the red tape and negotiations so victims can focus on what’s really important: recovery.
Important Information for Victims & Family Members
The days and weeks after a bicycle accident are critical. During this time, victims and family members must act quickly to ensure important evidence is collected.
More specifically, there are time restrictions for filing a lawsuit established by North Carolina’s statutes of limitations. Bike-related injury claims must be filed within three years of the accident date. Claims made after this time are generally not considered.
Victims should seek medical attention immediately and follow all medical instruction. This includes attending all follow-up appointments, medication plans, and therapy.
Safeguard all medical records; carefully document expenses and losses including travel costs to and from medical appointments, time away from work, and other relevant expenses.
It may also be helpful to keep a log of the victim’s daily activities, feelings, and behaviors.
Get the Representation You Deserve
At the DeMayo Law Offices, we’ve represented over 81,000 individual clients and have more than 150 years of combined legal experience.
Recovering from a bike-related accident takes time, but with the DeMayo Law Offices handling the claim, victims and family members can focus on moving forward.