Memphis, TN Bike Accident Attorneys
Were you injured in an accident as a cyclist, or was your child hurt in an accident on their bike? If so, the Memphis bicycle accident lawyers of Gold Law Firm are prepared to help you get the answers, compensation, and justice that you deserve. Cyclists of any age deserve to share the road with motorists, and when one party fails to be safe and obey the rules of the road, devastating accidents can occur. Our attorneys stand up for the rights of cyclists, and we will not let a distracted, intoxicated, or otherwise negligent motorist cost you your health, your livelihood, and your enjoyment of life. Turn to us for help in your time of need.
As members of the Memphis community, we know that going for a bicycle ride can be a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors and it is great for both fitness and recreation. Cycling has become increasingly popular in Memphis with the Shelby Farms Greenline and dedicated bike trails around the city. However, our city still has heavy vehicle congestion, which means that relaxing outdoor adventure can end in disaster with cyclist crashes with vehicles creating serious injuries. When someone else’s irresponsible driving has caused you harm, you should not be held financially responsible. A lawyer at Gold Law Firm can review your case for free, help advocate on your behalf, and help you collect the compensation you deserve.
At Gold Law Firm our trial attorneys are ready to put our experience and skill to work for you. For more than two decades, we have been helping thousands of clients just like you get justice and recover millions of dollars for their injuries in the Memphis area. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, let us work for you to help get what you deserve.
Contact us today to set up a free consultation with no up-front fee or out of pocket expense to you. Call us or text us at (901) 244-5003, fill out our email form, or chat live.
Why Do I Need A Lawyer After a Bicycle Accident?
When a bike collides with a car, truck, or commercial vehicle, cyclist’s injuries can be catastrophic and potentially fatal. Many of these collisions are caused by negligence, and most often on the part of the motorist.
Pain and suffering caused by accidents involving vehicles can be immense. Cyclists wear little or no protection and are extremely dependent upon responsible drivers. Unfortunately, distracted driving is an epidemic that has led to an increase in the number of bicycle accidents. Negligent drivers must be held accountable when they are at fault. No amount of money will ever heal your injuries or the pain of losing a loved one. However, your grief should not be made worse by financial stress and strain, nor should the responsible party get away with behaving negligently.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident due to driver negligence, compensation is your right. Let us handle the tiring phone calls and research needed to get you justice and maximum compensation, so you can focus on recovering from this devastating event.
Why Should I Choose Gold Law Firm?
Picking the right attorney is a deeply personal process. Looking for a strong firm that has deep roots and a history of success in Memphis is your best bet. At Gold Law Firm, we fit the bill as a firm that can get the job done. With over 20 years of experience, we have seen it all and can take on any challenge. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, and we can do the same for you. See what our previous clients have to say about their experience with Gold Law Firm in our client testimonials and reviews.
Our team will not accept anything less than the full and fair compensation owed to our clients. We prepare every case as if it will go to trial, and we won’t let the insurance company bully you into accepting a lowball settlement offer. We will always do what is right and ensure that your pain will be met by equal justice. We will also handle communication with your insurance and make sure they do not harass you. Insurance companies are not out to help you; they are looking to get paid.
Our team understands your pain and will work tirelessly to get you maximum compensation for your injuries and expenses. We care deeply about our clients, so there is no fee unless we win your case.
What Compensation Might I Be Owed for My Bike Accident Claim?
An irresponsible driver can cause significant physical, mental, and emotional damage. Financial pain should not be added to that list. You should not be on the hook for any bills that result from your injuries caused by a negligent driver. Types of compensation available include:
- Medical bills (current and future)
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Therapy/rehabilitation costs
- Repairs or replacement of your bike
- Home modifications (if disabled)
- Pain, suffering, post-traumatic stress
Because cyclists have little to protect them in the event of a collision with a much larger, heavier vehicle, it is an unfortunate fact that many people suffer fatal injuries in serious collisions. If you’ve lost a loved one in an untimely crash with a negligent motorist, the grief and pain can be overwhelming. Financial compensation will never rewind time and prevent the accident, but it is your right to hold the negligent party accountable and potentially recover the following types of compensation for you and other surviving family members:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of a caretaker
- Medical bills incurred from the fatal injury
- Funeral and burial expenses that are considered reasonable
Our compassionate bike injury attorneys will be prepared to discuss how wrongful death actions work and how we can help you get a measure of justice for the loved one you lost too soon.
Common Causes of Cycling Accidents
While some bike accidents can be caused by inexperience, inattention, or carelessness on the part of the cyclist, a majority of serious injury accidents are caused by negligent motorists. If a motorist fails to respect the rights of cyclists to share the road, they could cause a severe and potentially catastrophic injury accident. Some of the most commonly-reported causes of bike accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Following too closely
- Refusal to leave enough space between the vehicle and cyclist
- Intoxicated driving
- Dooring accidents (otherwise known as opening a driver or passenger door into a bike lane when cyclists are present)
- Sideswipe accidents
- Right cross or left cross accidents
- Rear-end collisions
Our attorneys have extensive experience helping injured cyclists get the justice they deserve. We also know that children are often the unfortunate victims in bike accidents in neighborhoods and near parks, so we’re prepared to represent families of children who are hurt by drivers who were not cautious or responsible when driving near children on bikes.
Frequently Asked Questions
At Gold Law Firm, we are deeply dedicated to helping you find justice. After an accident, injury, or death caused by a motorist, you are undoubtedly feeling lost and confused. To help you get started on seeking justice, here are answers to questions we commonly hear at our firm.
How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?
If you were hurt as a cyclist, the statute of limitations in Tennessee allows you to file a personal injury lawsuit within one year of the date of the injury or when the injury was discovered. Surviving family members of someone who died in a cycling crash caused by negligence could file a wrongful death lawsuit within one year after the death date on behalf of the deceased.
How does liability work for cycling accidents?
In order to sue a driver after a catastrophic bike accident, your attorney must be able to prove that they were negligent. Negligence has four elements that must be proven: duty; breach; causation; and injury. What this means is that a driver was responsible for driving with reasonable safety standards to protect cyclists, they failed in doing so, they caused an accident, and an injury resulted from that accident. Proving negligence can be especially tricky in crashes involving vehicles and cyclists, so consulting an experienced attorney is your best bet in securing compensation.
What if I am partially responsible for the accident?
In Tennessee, courts follow what are known as ‘modified comparative negligence’ laws. Essentially, what this means is that if you are partially responsible for an accident, you can still recover damages. This is common in accidents involving motorists and cyclists. If a court deems that both parties in a lawsuit share some of the blame, each party will get assigned a percentage of how at fault they are. If you are deemed to be 5% responsible for the accident, then you can potentially recover 95% of the allocated damages. In Tennessee, if you are over 51% responsible, you cannot file a lawsuit.
What is a driver’s duty of care?
Drivers of vehicles owe cyclists a ‘duty of care.’ This means they are responsible for operating reasonably while on the road. The level of responsibility is elevated when the cyclist is a minor. Drivers need to drive with caution and care at all times to avoid injuring cyclists, and if they fail to do so, they could be held liable for injuries and property damage they cause.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a cyclist, we are here to help. You’ve endured a traumatic experience that should have never happened, and our team will seek justice on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation, call or text us today at (901) 244-5003, fill out our email form, or chat live.