A Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
Each year thousands of cyclists suffer serious bike injuries in the United States. According to the NHTSA, more than 783 cyclists were killed in traffic collisions in 2017. The unfortunate reality is that cyclists suffer far worse injuries than vehicle drivers. If you or a loved one were recently injured in a bike accident, you can call a Wyoming bicycle accident lawyer today for legal advice.Bicyclists in Wyoming not only share the road with much larger vehicles, such as cars, SUVs and even semi-trucks, cyclists are required by law to follow the same traffic regulations as other motorists. ¬But, despite having to share similar traffic rules, the injuries that cyclists face are substantially greater than those of the driver. If your bike accident injuries were caused by another person’s negligence, a Wyoming bicycle accident lawyer with The Advocates will help you get the recovery you are owed.
How Can The Advocates Help With My Bicycle Accident Case?
The aftermath of being in a bicycle accident can be one of the most stressful times in your life. Medical bills begin to pile up. Insurance adjusters pester you with low settlement amounts. You are unable to work or live your life like you had before you were injured. All the while you are dealing with the pain and suffering from the accident itself. Let The Advocates help you:
- We’re available 24/7 to talk to you
- Our attorneys offer free legal consultations
- We specialize in bicycle accidents in Wyoming
- We put your needs first
"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 a Bicycle Accident Attorney
Hiring an experienced car accident attorney is the best way to prevent the insurance companies from taking advantage of you. Indeed, multiple studies have shown that hiring an attorney to represent your case can increase the value of your case by up to 5X than if you try to settle on your own.
Don’t let the insurance companies pay you less than your case is worth. Hire an Advocate and make them pay what you are lawfully owed. Your case deserves an Advocate!
The Advocates Bicycle Accident Claim Process
Step 1: Investigate the Accident
The first steps The Advocates will take is to investigate your accident. Our attorneys do this by obtaining a police report about your accident, examining any photos or videos of the crash scene, and speaking to any relevant witnesses. Once we have established liability, we will begin to build your injury claim.
Step 2: Build Your Claim
Building your car accident injury claim is one of the most time-consuming steps in the entire process. Our staff must wait until you are finished treatment for your injuries before we can compile a comprehensive medical record of the injuries you have suffered from your accident. This is a timely process so be patient.
Step 3: Negotiate a Settlement
Once you are finished treating your injuries and your medical records have been gathered, your attorney will send out a demand package to the at-fault party’s insurance. Afterwards, negotiations with your attorney will begin. If we are unable to negotiate a fair offer, then you will have the option to file a lawsuit.
Step 4: Litigate If Necessary
Time wise, litigation is the longest step in the claim process, possibly extending the life of your claim one or, even, two years. If you do decide to file a lawsuit, be prepared to potentially appear before a judge and jury.
Wyoming Bicycle Laws and Useful Facts
The attorneys with The Advocates are experts in all relevant bike laws of Wyoming. The following list is helpful information to consider about bicycle use and laws in Wyoming.
Wyoming Passing Laws
“Wyoming requires that the driver of a motor vehicle overtaking and passing a bicycle, which is operating lawfully, proceeding in the same direction shall, when space allows, maintain at least a three (3) foot separation between the right side of the driver’s motor vehicle, including all mirrors and other projections from the motor vehicle, and the bicycle.” Source: Wyo. Stat. Ann. §31-5-203(c)
Bike Helmet Laws
“Wyoming has no helmet law. It is legal for all persons of any age to operate a bicycle without wearing a helmet unless otherwise provided by a municipal regulation.” Source: N/A
“Wyoming requires that every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.” Source: Wyo. Stat. Ann. §31-5-704
Sidewalk Riding Laws
“Wyoming prohibits vehicles, other than motorized wheelchairs and vehicles moved by human power, from driving upon a sidewalk or sidewalk area except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway. Therefore, bicycles may be driven on sidewalks.” Source: Wyo. Stat. Ann. §31-5-120
If you are a cyclist who has been injured in an bike crash, a Wyoming bicycle accident lawyer will be able to navigate these complex bike laws for you. We’ll negotiate a fair settlement with the at-fault party, and if their insurance refuses to play fair, our litigation team will take them to court.
Types of Bicycle Accidents
Unlike minor fender bender crashes, bike accidents too often result in a tragic ending for cyclists; a few broken bones, a fractured spine, or even a fatality. Bikes simply do not offer the same protection that full-sized vehicles do. What’s worse is that most bike accidents occur for the same traffic reasons. Here are a few of the most common reasons bicyclists are hit by cars on the road:
The Left Cross – The Left Cross, one of the most dangerous types of bicycle accidents, occurs when the cyclist and the driver meet face-to-face on opposite sides of the intersection. Typically, the driver and bicyclist collide head-on at almost full speed. Most drivers will more than likely deny seeing the cyclist in the first place. Which is why you should have a Wyoming bicycle accident lawyer to serve as an advocate for your injuries.
The Right Hook– The Right Hook is an act of pure negligence. Another reason to have a bike accident lawyer on your legal side. This situation is where the driver and the cyclist are usually heading in the same direction right before the motorist crosses directly into the path of a bicyclist. And, according to the NHTSA, these types of bicycle incidents make up for 15% of all bike accidents.
Forgot to Yield – While it’s rare for cyclists to be the at-fault party in a bike accident, it does happen. Mostly because cyclists fail to follow basic road rules, like coming to a full stop at a red light or stop sign. Coming to a full stop or remembering to slow down at an intersection may not only avoid a serious collision but also save a cyclist’s life.
Bicyclists have just as much right to be on the road as other drivers. Though as more and more cyclists share the roads with other vehicles, the higher the risk they face. If you were injured in a bike accident due to another driver’s negligence, that driver may be held responsible for your injuries and suffering. Our job as Advocates is to help you determine liability for your accident and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
How to Determine Liability in a Bike Accident
Determining liability is one of the most critical yet difficult aspects of pursuing a bike accident claim. The reason for this is that, although most bike accident victims are not the at-fault party, insurance companies will try to diminish your pain and offer you the lowest settlement amount possible.
Having a Wyoming bicycle accident lawyer will help you stop the insurance companies from taking advantage of your case. Your personal injury lawyer with The Advocates won’t let insurance companies use their tactics against you. Our job is to help you build the strongest case possible and win. You deserve an Advocate!