Kentucky offers the perfect terrain for enjoying and traveling on a bicycle. Whether you want to challenge your body to a new mountain bike trail or take a spin down a path with no slope, many believe it’s one of the most enjoyable ways to get around Louisville. The only problem is that those rides don’t always end the way you expect and you can find yourself involved in a bicycle accident through no fault of your own. In these cases, it’s best to contact a bicycle accident lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky. Bicycling is a popular activity among outdoor and health enthusiasts and although there have been numerous initiatives to make bicycling safer, there are also unplanned risks.
Kentucky Cyclist Risks
One of the most enjoyable features posing the greatest risk, is the sheer simplicity of a bicycle’s design. It doesn’t take much to make a bike take a wrong turn, and there is very little you can do to prepare for an accident or protect yourself from outside elements while bike riding. The ensuing injuries can be horrific, depending on where that turn is and how it ends. Pedestrians, cars, and other cyclists on the road aren’t always paying as much attention to the world around them as they should, which can lead to the kinds of injuries that attorney Bradley D. Harville has experience handling. Bicycle accident injuries can be mentally, physically, and financially crippling, and in some cases, result in no longer being able to enjoy your time on a bicycle.
Drivers have a responsibility to pay attention to the world around them, including looking out for pedestrians and bicyclists. Because of limited bike trails and the concept of going with the traffic rather than against it, cyclists face risks they can’t always manage or avoid. Cyclists also have limited viewing and have to focus more on the actual operation of their “vehicle” than people in cars and trucks. It’s up to drivers to give them a bit of space as they go around, but that doesn’t always happen. That’s when Harville Law Offices can help place the responsibility back on the shoulders of the driver.
As a bicyclist, you do have a responsibility to make sure you are using your hand signals and wearing the appropriate gear. Bike paths are great options when they are available, but when they aren’t, you are required to follow the rules of the road. It isn’t just about keeping safe either, but about being able to demonstrate that you were doing exactly what you were supposed to be doing.
No driver is going to want to admit he or she made a mistake that involved not paying attention to a bicyclist on the road. They know that the damage they cause can be expensive and life altering. Harville Law Offices can help you manage these losses so that even drivers who don’t want to deal with their responsibilities will have to.
Damages and Claims in a Bicycle Accident
The damages that can be a the result from a bicycle accident can range from bumps and bruises to long-term physical disabilities and mental impairments. It’s important that you realize the damages might not end when the bruises, cuts, or breaks heal. Even if they do, your ability to function immediately after the accident isn’t likely to be what it was before the accident. You’ll need help taking care of your responsibilities as you heal and compensation can assist in managing extra stress, medical bills, therapy, and a broad range of other issues that come with bicycle accidents. Even if you aren’t sure if you are at fault or entitled to compensation, you need a professional to help figure it out.
Harville Law Offices can help relieve some of the burdens you carry so you can take time to heal as best as you can. You have enough on your mind without trying to make others take responsibility for their own negligence. Get help from an experienced bicycle accident lawyer. Louisville, Kentucky has much to offer. Shouldn’t you be able to enjoy it without paying for someone else’s mistake? If you have experienced a bicycle accident contact us for a consultation online or call us at (502) 245-2333 for an appointment.