\Bike riders have the responsibility to follow the same laws as motor vehicles when bikers use roads. Pedestrians also have certain responsibilities when it comes to crossing streets, which include obeying traffic signals, crossing in crosswalks, and taking precautions before stepping into the roadway. That said, when cars collide with bicyclists or pedestrians, the outcome can be catastrophic. Bicyclists and pedestrians are directly exposed to the impact forces of a vehicle if a vehicle collides with them. These vulnerable road users can find themselves facing serious and catastrophic injuries in the event of an accident. For example, bicyclists and pedestrians could find themselves facing traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, road rash injuries, amputations, disfiguring injuries, and other serious or catastrophic injuries. These injuries can impact a victims’ life in many ways—from unexpected medical bills, lost wages due to missed days from work, disability which can impact a person’s ability to make ends meet, to pain and suffering, and rehabilitation costs. Kruger & Hodges Attorneys at Law is a bike and pedestrian accident law firm serving New Miami, Ohio that may be able to help you and your family seek damages for your losses if another driver’s actions resulted in your injuries. Bike and pedestrian accident claims can be uniquely complex because, unlike a car accident involving two drivers, bike riders and pedestrians may not be able to make their own insurance claims, but may rely on making a claim against the responsible drivers insurance. (However, if you do own a car and have car insurance, you may be able to make a claim with your car insurance company if the driver isn’t taking responsibility or if the driver isn’t responsible.) The bike and pedestrian accident lawyers at Kruger & Hodges Attorneys at Law serving New Miami, Ohio may be able to help you with the various aspects of your claim.
How a Bike and Pedestrian Accident Law Firm Serving New Miami, Ohio Can Help You With Your Claim
If you have been hurt in a bike or pedestrian accident, the lawyers at Kruger & Hodges Attorneys at Law serving New Miami, Ohio may be able to help you with your claim. Our lawyers can review the police report and speak to witnesses to determine who might have been at fault for the crash. In the confusion of the accident scene, sometimes details are disputed by both parties. If the police get the facts wrong, but multiple witnesses saw things another way, this could prove helpful to your case. Our attorneys can also make a claim with the driver’s insurance or make a claim against the other driver directly. If you don’t have car insurance, this may be the primary way through which you’ll be able to seek compensation. If you do happen to have car insurance, you may be able to also make a claim with your own insurer, in some instances.
Kruger & Hodges Attorneys at Law is a bike accident law firm serving New Miami, Ohio that may be able to help you evaluate your claim, estimate the value of your claim, and fight to help you get the settlement you may deserve from insurers and negligent parties. Have questions about your rights? Reach out to Kruger & Hodges Attorneys at Law today.
Your Rights May Depend on the Causes of Your Bike and Pedestrian Accident
In order to make a bike or pedestrian accident claim, you may need to show that the driver or other party was at fault for your accident. With bike accident claims, sometimes another driver might be at fault and sometimes a defect in the bike may be to blame. Victims may be able to make a claim against either the other driver or the product manufacturer. However, if the biker or pedestrian is found to be at fault, it could be difficult to make a claim. Sometimes drivers might try to claim that the pedestrian or biker was to blame. This is where is helps to get witness accounts, have a police report of the crash, and where it can be helpful to speak to the bicycle and pedestrian accident law firm at Kruger & Hodges Attorneys at Law serving New Miami, Ohio.