Lincoln Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycle accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. However, they are most commonly the result of driver carelessness and negligence on the roadway. By following some simple safety procedures and rules of the road, Lincoln bicyclists can help to decrease the chances of an accident – as well as the extent of any injuries incurred.
Under state law, Nebraska bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as their fellow motorists and are subject to the same rights and duties as those motorists. However, sometimes even when bicyclists follow all the rules, take all the necessary precautions, and do all the right things, accidents still happen. The main reason accidents occur is that a driver in a car may be operating their vehicle in a careless, negligent, or distracted manner. Bicycle accidents caused by motor vehicle drivers can result in catastrophic and sometimes deadly injuries –especially in head-on collisions.
If you sustained injuries in a bicycle accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover monetary damages. A Lincoln bicycle accident lawyer can take the necessary legal actions on your behalf to negotiate a settlement or litigate your case through the court system. Contact one of our seasoned attorneys at Inkelaar Law today to get started on your case.
Statute of Limitations in Lincoln Bicycle Accident Cases
In Lincoln bicycle accident cases, a claim must be filed against the at-fault driver within four years of the date of the accident. This is to ensure witnesses and evidence of the accident remain available and that the claimant is pursuing a viable claim.
Except for some very limited exceptions, if a claim or lawsuit is not filed within that period, you will be forever barred from bringing a monetary claim for damages. One of our Lincoln bicycle accident lawyers at Inkelaar Law can help you pursue your claim in a timely manner.
The burden of proving damages in a bicycle accident case rests with the injured cyclist. Specifically, you must be able to prove the at-fault driver did something a reasonable driver would not have done – or failed to do something a reasonable driver would have done.
In the case of a defective bicycle part or product, you must prove that the bicycle part or the bicycle itself was defective when it left the warehouse – or that the accident resulted from a manufacturing defect, design defect, or a failure to warn.
Injuries Common Among Cyclists
Because cyclists have extremely limited protection while operating their bicycles, accidents can result in serious injuries and damages, including the following:
- Fractures and broken bones;
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s);
- Sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries;
- Facial contusions and scarring; and
Upon successfully meeting their burden of proof, you may be able to recover money damages for all your medical treatment, lost wages, and pain suffering.
A Lincoln Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Be An Ally
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a bicycle accident, you have options. You can hold the negligent party accountable for their actions and seek compensation to help cover your losses.
An experienced Lincoln bicycle lawyer at Inkelaar Law can review the facts and circumstances of your accident with you and can take the necessary legal steps to maximize your recovery. Call us today for a free consultation.