Indian Shores Bicycle Accident Attorney
Drivers behave in ever more dangerous and erratic driving behaviors. The most vulnerable road users group—pedestrians—are paying the price. If you are such a victim, the Indian Shores pedestrian accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff may be able to help. By filing a personal injury claim, you stand a good chance at receiving compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.
Fighting False or Irrelevant Driver Allegations
Defendants in personal injury claims and lawsuits almost always deny fault to some degree or another. This is particularly true when the plaintiff is a bike crash victim, as the bias that many drivers have against cyclists is so high that they are willfully ignorant of bicyclist rights, or that they believe that the cyclist should not have been on the road in the first place since “roads are for cars.” Here at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff, we are fully aware of bicyclists’ rights and responsibilities on the road, and defend our clients against false allegations brought by the careless drivers who hit them. Some of the most common excuses we have heard when it comes to drivers denying responsibility for causing a bike crash include:
- I didn’t see them
- They came out of nowhere
- The sun was in my eyes
- The sun was low and they weren’t wearing bright colors
- They swerved in front of me
- I had to make an abrupt maneuver to avoid hitting another car
- They were riding on the sidewalk
- They were riding on the road and should have been riding on the sidewalk
- They were riding outside the bike lane
- They were in the middle of the street
- They were riding in a crosswalk
- They were going faster than I thought
The fact is that in all of the above scenarios in which the driver was not outright lying (such as the impossible act of a cyclist ‘coming out of nowhere’), the cyclist most likely had right of way or was using the roadway in a completely legal manner. Cyclists are allowed to ride on the sidewalk, outside of the bike lane, and even in the middle of the street when appropriate, such as making a left turn or avoiding roadwork in the shoulder of the lane. To win a bike crash claim, it helps to work with an attorney who is a regular rider themselves, and understands what cyclists are up against in terms of driver aggression and a transportation system that throws dangerous hurdles at cyclists seemingly every chance it gets.
Call an Indian Shores Bicycle Accident Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
As an Indian Shores bike crash victim, you are entitled to compensation for your property damage, pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and much more. We can help you seek justice through the civil courts, which is, unfortunately, likely the only satisfying justice you will be able to obtain. To learn more about your options, do not hesitate to call the Indian Shores bicycle accident attorney Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a no-cost consultation today.