A Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You
When riding a bike on highways or municipal roads, a collision with a car or truck is just about the worst thing that could happen. Because bicycles are so much smaller than cars, bike riders are far more vulnerable than motor vehicle drivers in the event of an accident.
It’s critical that everyone on the road is aware of their surroundings and following the laws, but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. The Advocates’ bike accident lawyers have years of experience representing injury victims and helping them get the compensation they deserve for their damages.
Our bicycle accident attorneys will be by your side to help answer all of these questions and more. We will help you understand the claims process, build your case, and negotiate with insurance companies. The Advocates’ number one priority is putting our clients at ease so they can focus on their recovery, and we will do the same for you.
Depending on the nature of your accident, The Advocates are prepared to help you receive fair compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Bicycle repairs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses (in the case of a wrongful death)
We will provide you with a free consultation to determine what damages you are owed after your accident.
What Can The Advocates Do For My Case?
The Advocates are a legal team of fierce negotiators and litigators. We are committed to helping you receive the settlement you deserve. What sets us apart, however, is the level of compassion and care we provide throughout your entire recovery. We make it our mission to go the extra mile. In addition to providing you with experienced legal representation, we are ready to help you:
- Access the medical care you need, including physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists
- Find a high-quality bike shop for repairs
- Understand your medical bills
- Communicate with your employer about your accident
"Hiring The Advocates was the best move I could have made after my accident. They were very professional and made me feel confident my case would go smoothly. They really put me at ease. I would recommend them to anyone!" - Robert S.
Why You Need an Accident Attorney
Insurance companies are notorious for doing whatever they can to avoid paying you a fair settlement. They may try to diminish the severity of your injuries or deny liability altogether. If you attempt to settle your case on your own, you will likely be met with resistance at every turn and you may end up settling for less than you deserve. When you’re already dealing with injuries, the stress of negotiating with insurance providers can get in the way of your recovery.
The Advocates personal injury lawyers will fight insurance companies for you. We will do everything we can to keep the claims process as stress-free for you as possible. In most cases, we are able to negotiate a settlement without ever going to court. We will take care of the legal process so you can take care of yourself.
The Advocates Bicycle Accident Claims Process
Once you’ve contacted a bike accident attorney, it’s important that you seek medical treatment. Your case can’t be settled until you’ve finished receiving care for your injuries, because your settlement will be used to help pay off your medical expenses. You won’t know your total damages until treatment is finished.
Your Advocate will investigate your accident to obtain as much evidence as possible. Police reports, witness statements, photographs of the scene, and more will be used to determine liability.
Once your case has been built, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party, outlining the damages you are seeking. Negotiations will begin, and in most cases, a settlement will be agreed upon before the case goes to trial.
If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, your Advocate will take your case to court and a judge and/or jury will determine a fair settlement.
Iowa Bicycle Injury Statistics
In many cases, the best way to prevent an accident is to know when and where accidents often happen, what causes them, and what their consequences are. Being informed will help you know what to look for and what to avoid. Below are some bicycle accident statistics for the state of Iowa and the entire United States.
What are common bicycle accident injuries?
When cars and bicycles collide, the bicyclist is at a much higher risk of serious injury or death. In order to keep everyone safe, it is crucial that both drivers and bikers are aware of their surroundings and follow the rules of the road.
Common injuries that bike riders suffer after an accident include:
- Head trauma, including traumatic brain injuries
- Back, neck, and spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Sprains, strains, and lacerations
- Road rash and bruising
What are common causes of bicycle accidents?
It’s always important to drive safely, but especially so around cyclists, because they are much more vulnerable than people in cars and trucks. It’s equally important that bicyclists ride safely when sharing the road with motor vehicles. One unsafe decision can mean the difference between life and death.
Some of the most common causes of bike accidents include:
- Distracted driving or riding
- Impaired driving or riding
- Failure to give adequate space to the biker
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Bicyclist striking an object in the road
When and where do bicycle accidents often happen?
Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiles a fact sheet detailing the number of accidents each year and how they were caused. Below are some statistics regarding the conditions where a bike accident is most likely to happen.
- More than three-quarters of bicycle accidents happen in urban areas
- 58% of bicycle accidents occur in the summer and fall months
- Most accidents occur between 3:00pm and 9:00 pm
- Most accidents happen at non-intersection locations
- Bicyclists who are killed in accidents are most likely to be hit by the front of a vehicle
It is important to know when and where bicycle riders are likely to be, so that accidents can be avoided.
How many people are injured in bicycle accidents each year?
Iowa has not seen fewer than 300 accident-related fatalities annually since the year 1925. Each year, between 2-3% of these fatalities are bicyclists.
Nationwide, nearly 50,000 bike riders are injured in traffic accidents each year. Around 80% of these injured cyclists are men.
Iowa Bicycle Laws
Whether you are on a bike or in a car, it’s important to know the rules of the road before you even start moving. Bicyclists need to know the laws they must follow to protect them from serious injury, and motorists need to be aware of bicyclists’ rights when sharing the road.
Are helmets required for cyclists?
There is no statewide requirement for helmet use in Iowa. It is legal to ride on the road without a helmet. However, 70-80% of all fatal bicycle crashes involve a head injury. Wearing a helmet is the best way to protect yourself from a concussion or other brain injury when riding.
What must a bike be equipped with to ride on the road?
Every bicycle must have a white headlamp and red rear lights or reflectors that are visible from at least 300 feet.
The lights must be used from sunset to sunrise and when visibility is poor, such as in rainy, snowy, or foggy conditions.
Can bicycles ride on the sidewalk?
In general, bicycles are allowed on the sidewalks in Iowa. There are a few municipalities, however, that have created their own restrictions. For example, Cedar Rapids allows bike riding on sidewalks in all areas except the business district. Des Moines has no restrictions regarding bicycles on the sidewalk, but bike riders must yield to pedestrians who are also using the sidewalk.
It’s important to know the laws in the places you plan to ride. Rules can vary from state-to-state and even within cities, so always plan ahead before riding.
Do bikes have to ride on the shoulder?
Bicyclists should ride as close to the right side of the road as is safe. This does not mean that they need to ride on the shoulder; in fact, sometimes the shoulder can be a more dangerous place to ride. Debris often collects on the shoulders of highways and can create a safety hazard.
If a bicyclist is making a left turn or overtaking another vehicle, they may move away from the right side of the road when it is safe to do so. Otherwise, bikers should stay close to the right to allow cars room to pass.
Can bicycles ride side by side on the road?
There is no statewide law detailing how many riders may ride abreast on the road. Some cities and towns have their own restrictions; for example, Iowa City requires that bikers ride single file on roadways. Des Moines allows bicyclists to ride no more than two abreast on multi-use trails.