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Bicycle Accident Lawyer in North Carolina
Accidents involving motor vehicles striking cyclists in North Carolina are all too common, and the results can be devastating. According to Watch For Me NC, vehicles hit more than 960 cyclists every year, and approximately 20 people are killed in vehicle-bicycle collisions every year in the state.
Because bicycles are so much smaller and lighter than motor vehicles, any type of collision is likely to cause serious injuries to the cyclist. Those injuries can result in ongoing medical expenses, disfigurement, and lost wages.
North Carolina Bike Accident Laws
Bicycles are defined as “vehicles” under North Carolina law, so cyclists are required to adhere to all vehicle traffic laws, except those specifically covering motor vehicles. This means that in some bicycle-vehicle accidents, the cyclist is found to be partially responsible for the accident.
However, North Carolina’s bicycle safety laws were updated in 2016 to include several changes designed to protect cyclists. Drivers who cause cyclists to leave their lane to avoid a collision, or who cause a crash, now face monetary fines, depending on the severity and damage caused. The updated laws also provide that, when a driver is passing a cyclist, the passing driver must either completely enter the left lane of the road or provide a distance of at least 4 feet between the vehicle and the cyclist.
When to Obtain Legal Advice
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bike accident, it is important to document your injuries immediately. Even if you do not notice physical injuries right away, being seen by a medical professional is important because the accident may have caused injuries that you are not aware of yet.
You should also contact an experienced North Carolina bike accident lawyer at The Olive Law Firm as soon as possible after the accident. Insurance companies are in the business of protecting their own customers, so any proposed settlement might be in their best interest, not yours.
What to Expect During the Process
Here is what to expect when you contact a bike accident lawyer at The Olive Law Firm:
We always treat you with compassion and respect. We understand that you probably are not familiar with the legal system, so we take the time to explain the legal process to you in terms that make sense.
Helping clients win the compensation they deserve since 1957, we are committed to fighting for our clients. Even though many personal injury cases are settled before going to court, we prepare cases to go before a jury because we want you to win. What’s more, you do not need to pay us to represent you unless we win your case.
When you work with an experienced, professional NC bike accident attorney at The Olive Law Firm, you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that we are fighting for you, and for the compensation you deserve.