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Getting Your Life Back

Five years ago, another vehicle struck my car from behind while I was driving to a college class at night. Immediately, I started feeling pressure in my neck. After surveying the damage to my car, I was heartbroken. I knew the back bumper of my vehicle would have to be replaced. Thankfully, the pressure in my neck quickly subsided; and, I was able to get my car fixed quickly. Sadly, other people’s situations don’t end as well as mine did. Every year, many people are seriously injured in car wrecks. If you’ve recently sustained physical injuries or damage to your vehicle from a car crash, consider consulting with a reputable accident and personal injury lawyer. On this blog, you will discover the ways an accident and personal injury attorney can help you get your life back after a car wreck.

Struck By A Vehicle While Biking: What To Know

Bike riding has experienced quite a resurgence in popularity and that continues post-pandemic for many. It's easy to see the attraction — it's fun, burns calories, relieves stress, and so much more. Unfortunately, the road system was not designed with the safety of bike riders in mind. When you add that to the difficulty some drivers have with spotting bikers on the road, you get bike injuries by the carload. When you are hit by a vehicle, the injuries can be severe and life-threatening. This is a unique area of personal injury law so read on to find out more.

Elevated Liability

If you have been hurt while bike riding, the first thing you need to know is that you were, more than likely, not at fault. Just like pedestrians, bikers create the need for drivers to avoid collisions due to their vulnerable nature. When a larger vehicle is around bikers, it's their responsibility to use extra amounts of care to ensure they don't hit and hurt anyone. That responsibility, when it comes to legal matters, means they are liable for any injuries and damages suffered by the biker after a collision.

Elevated Injuries and Damages

The size difference between vehicles and bikes also means a greater chance of catastrophic injuries for the rider. There is no contest when an SUV meets a bike. Speed can also be a factor and being hit by a vehicle traveling fast can create far more injuries than one traveling at 15 miles per hour. Being hurt badly after a bike versus vehicle collision propels your personal injury case into a higher category of damages.

Medical Bills and Damages

Bikers are entitled to a number of damages after an accident but medical treatment costs are a key area. You might take it for granted that the vehicle driver's insurer will pay for your medical costs — and they should. However, that sum of money has another use. In many cases, the damage category known as pain and suffering is based on the medical damages. Take the below example:

  1. Your medical bills total $300,000 after a bike accident.
  2. That sum is multiplied by a factor of 3 due to the severe nature of your injuries.
  3. Your pain and suffering award equals 3 times $300,000 for a potential award of $900,000.

That sum is in addition to the payment of your medical bills both past and future. Not everyone has severe injuries but you are likely entitled to far more than the driver's insurer is offering. Get with a personal injury lawyer to ensure you are paid what you deserve. Your pain cannot be removed with a monetary award but the funds are there for you to take as long as you seek professional legal help. Contact a personal injury lawyer for more information.