A Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
Bicycle accidents can be devastating physically, emotionally, and financially. Bicyclists are often left with serious injuries and financial damages that may seem never ending.
The bike accident attorneys with The Advocates have been taking on injury cases for three decades and understand what you’re going through. We are ready to take on your bicycle accident claim and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. If you need a competent, caring attorney for your personal injury claim, contact The Advocates for a free consultation today.
The Next Steps In Your Case
Immediately after your accident, check for injuries
Contact The Advocates as soon as possible to begin the road to recover
Seek medical attention as soon as you can
Get any property damage assessed and repaired
Once you've completed treatment, your case can move forward
Your Advocate will send a demand letter to the other party
Frequently Asked Questions
Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex. Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.
The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.
Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees when you hire The Advocates.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. You will not pay us unless we win your case, and you receive a settlement.
Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.
In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.
When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.
In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.
A Team of Legal Professionals Assigned to Your Case
For nearly 30 years, The Advocates have helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you.
We can help you:
- Investigate your accident
- Build your case
- Negotiate with insurance companies
- Take your case to court if necessary
Talking to a Professional
- No need to schedule an appointment
- No need to wait for an email response
- Free online consultation
- Talk directly with an attorney
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Wyoming Bicycle Accident Statistics
Where do bicycle deaths occur?
- Cheyenne and Casper see the highest number of accidents each year
- Most bicycle accidents occur at intersections in urban areas
- There are an average of 50 bicycle accidents statewide each year
- In recent years, there has been an average of 1 bicyclist killed in an accident annually. An average of 36 bikers are injured in bicycle crashes each year
Wyoming state bicycle accident statistics
- Men make up about 75% of bike accident victims
- Bicyclist fatalities in Wyoming consistently make up fewer than 1% of total accident fatalities
- The total number of bicycle accidents nationwide has decreased in recent years, but the number of fatalities from bike accidents has increased
- Most bicycle accidents occur in the evenings between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm
- The number of non-motorist accidents involving impaired drivers has increased in recent years
- Between 20-30% of bicyclists killed in accidents have BACs above the legal limit
- Around 1/3 of bicycle accidents involve alcohol (for either the biker, the driver, or both)
- Cyclists who ride in groups are less likely to be struck by a vehicle than those who ride alone
Bicycle helmet statistics
- The majority of fatal bicycle accidents involve a head injury
- A bike helmet reduces the risk of head injury by more than 50%
- Around 90% of bicyclists killed in accidents were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident
- More cyclists check into emergency rooms for head injuries every year than participants of any other sport
- Helmet users are less likely to be hospitalized after an accident than non-helmeted riders
- Men are less likely to wear helmets while riding than women, contributing to their high fatality rate
- Children whose bicycle helmets fit poorly are at twice the risk for head injury while riding than children with properly fitting safety gear
Common causes of bike accidents
- Speeding: The faster a car is moving, the less time a driver has to make decisions and react to hazards. It also increases the likelihood that the accident will result in serious injury or death
- Distracted driving: Cell phone use, food consumption, and other activities that take drivers’ attention away from the road drastically increase the risk of an accident
- Impaired driving: Bike accidents are far more likely to happen when the driver or bicycle rider is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Improper turns or lane changes: Drivers and riders who fail to signal their intent to change direction make it difficult for others on the road to predict their next move
- Failure to yield the right-of-way: If motorists or cyclists are unfamiliar with the traffic laws in the area, they may enter intersections when it is not safe to do so, endangering those around them
- Poor visibility: If cyclists do not use proper lighting or reflective equipment, or are riding in conditions where visibility is low, it increases the chance of being hit by a car
- Hazards in the roadway: When debris, potholes, or other obstacles are present on the road, cyclists are at risk of hitting them or suddenly veering off course to avoid them
Common bicycle accident injuries
Depending on the nature of your accident and the protective gear you were wearing at the time, bicycle accident injuries can range from road rash to life-threatening conditions. Some common types of bicycle injuries are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Broken or missing teeth
- Ligament tears or strains
- Lacerations and bruising
Wyoming Bicycle Laws
Does a bicyclist have to use the shoulder of the road in Wyoming?
Wyoming law does not require that bicyclists ride on the shoulder of the road, but they should ride as closely to the right side of the road as is safe and practical, except in specific circumstances. Some of these circumstances include:
- Making a left hand turn
- Passing a slow-moving vehicle
- Avoiding debris or other hazards in the roadway
- Traveling straight when the rightmost lane is a right turn lane
Cyclists may ride no more than two abreast on any roads or paths that are not exclusively used for biking.
Can I ride a bicycle on the sidewalk?
Wyoming prohibits the use of motor vehicles on sidewalks (with the exception of motorized wheelchairs). Bicycles operated by human power are, therefore, permitted upon sidewalks in most cases. Some cities or towns (such as downtown Jackson Hole) may have their own laws regarding sidewalk riding, so it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules in any area you plan to ride.
Children learning to ride a bike are encouraged to ride on the sidewalk.
When riding on the sidewalk, bikers should:
- Yield to pedestrians
- Give an audible warning when passing pedestrians or other non-motorized vehicles
- Follow all the same signs and signals that pedestrians follow
Do bicyclists have to obey stop lights and stop signs?
Cyclists have the same rights and duties as motor vehicles when traveling on roadways. This includes obeying traffic signs and signals, such as:
- Stop signs
- Red lights
- Yield signs
- Lane markings
- Officers or other people authorized to direct the flow of traffic
What are the hand signal rules for bicyclists?
When turning, cyclists should use the universally-recognized hand signals to alert drivers to their intentions. Using these signals is just as important as using a blinker is for motorists. Cyclists are required under Wyoming law to signal their intent to turn.
In general, hand signals should be done using the left arm. The following hand signals help communicate your plans to drivers:
- Left turn: extend your left arm straight out to the side, parallel to the ground
- Right turn: extend your left arm out to the side and bend your elbow 90 degrees so your forearm points straight up OR extend your right arm straight out to the side
- Stop: extend your left arm out to the side and bend your elbow 90 degrees so your forearm points down toward the ground
Do bicyclists have to wear a helmet in Wyoming?
There is no state law requiring helmet use for bicyclists in Wyoming. However, regardless of the law, bikers should wear a helmet at all times when riding in order to keep themselves safe.
What reflectors and lights have to be on a bicycle in Wyoming?
When riding at night, proper lighting is critical to keeping bikers safe. Additionally, reflector strips increase safety during the day. The following lights and reflectors should be attached to bicycles, particularly when riding in low visibility:
- A white light attached to the front of the bike that is visible from at least 500 feet at night
- A red rear lamp or reflector that is visible from 600 feet when illuminated by low-beam headlights
- Reflective material visible from 500 feet on the right and left sides
Bicycles should also be equipped with brakes that allow them to stop within 25 feet when traveling at 10 miles per hour on dry pavement.
When Should I Hire a Bicycle Accident Attorney?
After a bicycle crash, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover. Wyoming is a modified comparative negligence state, which means that in order to receive any damages, you must prove that the other party was more responsible for the accident than you were. An attorney will help you gather evidence and negotiate with insurance companies.
Insurance providers will make it very difficult for you to obtain maximum compensation for your damages. They will likely fight you at every turn to avoid offering a fair settlement. When dealing with injuries, the stress from fighting with insurance adjusters can be detrimental to your recovery.
The Advocates personal injury law firm has years of experience representing bicycle accident cases. We are ready to assist you in building your case and receiving the settlement you deserve. We will help you understand your medical bills, get your bicycle repaired, and get your life back on track.
The Advocates will be there for you every step of the way, for both your legal and personal needs. We offer a 24/7 direct line of contact with your legal team and provide regular updates throughout the entirety of your case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You deserve an attorney who truly cares about your well-being. You deserve an Advocate.
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