Many people rely on bicycles for everyday transportation; others simply enjoy riding for recreation. Whether you are a causal bicyclist or a serious cycler, you likely know that you face certain risks when you share the road with others.
Every year, hundreds of cyclists are seriously injured or killed in collisions with motor vehicles and even other bicyclists. When someone else negligently causes your injuries, you could have grounds for a personal injury case.
At Steele Adams Hosman, our Salt Lake City bicycle accident attorneys represent injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed in tragic bike accidents throughout Utah.
We understand just how devastating these cases are; our goal is to help you get back on your feet and secure the justice you deserve. When it comes to maximizing your recovery, our attorneys are prepared to fight tirelessly for you, even if that means taking your case to court.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you know that even the most cautious of cyclists cannot always prevent an accident. In fact, most bicycle accidents happen, at least in part, because of the negligence of others.
Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents include:
Although negligent drivers are often to blame, bicyclists may sometimes share some of the fault in these collisions. When this is the case, an injured cyclist can still seek compensation for their damages. Under Utah’s modified comparative fault rule, an injured party can file a claim as long as they are less than 50% at fault. Additionally, when there is shared fault, the injured person’s recovery will be reduced by their percentage of fault in the incident.
In Utah, bicyclists who are injured in accidents are covered by no-fault insurance. This means that if you have auto insurance that meets the state’s minimum requirements, you can file a claim with your own auto insurance provider regardless of who was at fault for the collision.
Your personal injury protection, or PIP, coverage pays up to $3,000 in necessary and reasonable medical expenses, as well as a portion of your lost wages for up to 12 months.
However, PIP coverage is often not enough, and in some cases an injured cyclist may not have auto insurance at all. You could have grounds to file a third-party injury claim against an at-fault party if you can prove that their negligent or wrongful conduct was the cause of your injuries.
Proving negligence typically involves an in-depth investigation into how the accident occurred and whether any of the other parties involved acted negligently or violated the law. At Steele Adams Hosman, our Salt Lake City bicycle accident attorneys work with accident reconstructionists, expert witnesses, medical professionals, and other specialists to evaluate our clients’ injuries and damages, identify the liable party or parties, and aggressively pursue maximum compensation.
A serious bicycle accident can result in catastrophic injuries, permanent impairment, and irreversible damage in your life. At Steele Adams Hosman, we believe that you deserve justice, and we are ready to advocate for you.
Our attorneys will handle every legal detail—from submitting necessary paperwork and meeting applicable deadlines to negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf—so you can focus on what matters most: healing.
Our firm offers contingency fees, so you do not owe any legal fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf. We are happy to discuss your legal rights and options with you during a free initial consultation and can assist you in Spanish if necessary.
At Steele Adams Hosman, we are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. Call our team today for a free consultation with one of our attorneys. There is no fee unless we win your case!
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