Our Team Can Protect You
Against Motorists and Their Insurance Companies
The number of bicyclists on the road seems to be increasing every year, and bicycling is transforming from a sport into a legitimate transportation option for many people. As bicyclists ourselves, we understand all too well the dangers and risks riders face every day. Our Younker Hyde Macfarlane bike team even has its own jerseys, and one of our partners was involved in a severe bicycle accident himself. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident, a bicycle accident lawyer at our firm can provide you with compassionate representation and sound legal counsel that will allow you to make informed decisions regarding your case. To arrange a complimentary consultation with Younker Hyde Macfarlane in Salt Lake City, UT, we invite you to contact us online today or call our office directly at (801) 335-6467.
The Alarming Statistics
Between 700 and 1,000 bicyclists are killed every year in the United States as a result of traffic accidents. Nearly 50,000 are injured. Bicyclists are exposed and vulnerable to injury even in slow-speed traffic accidents. If the rider is not wearing a helmet, the risk of injury is even greater. Accidents that would typically be considered minor can result in severe injuries for a bicyclist, including traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. As bicyclists ourselves, we are uniquely aware of this danger and you can trust that we will act as your ally in your case.
Common Causes of Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, we encourage you to seek counsel from an attorney so that fault can be determined in your case. Any of the common causes of bicycle accidents outlined below may be grounds for a personal injury claim:
- Motorist fails to share the road or fails to yield right of way
- Motorist fails to maintain proper lookout
- Motorist fails to see a bicyclist
- Roads aren't properly maintained
Wearing highly visible clothing and protective gear can help prevent injuries. Unfortunately, many motorists are simply inattentive and reckless, and this negligence can result in injury or death.
The attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane have handled many of these claims and can call upon a network of experts to help us establish liability.
Calculating the Damages
As with pedestrian accidents, injuries in bicycle accidents are often severe. For this reason, we handle both types of cases in a similar manner; to ensure maximum recovery on behalf of our clients, we will pursue all avenues of compensation and will provide aggressive representation. You can trust that our personal injury group will work diligently on your behalf, with your best interests in mind. Though every case is unique, typical damages in bicycle accident cases pursue compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Future related medical expenses
- Reconstructive surgery costs
- Lifetime care costs should the victim suffer from a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury
- Loss of wages (including future wages)
- Pain and suffering
If a loved one has been killed in a bicycle accident, the attorneys at our firm can guide you through the process of filing a wrongful death claim. Spouses, dependents, parents, and other immediate family members may be eligible to file a claim on behalf of the decedent to hold the liable party accountable for his or her actions.
Importance of Establishing Liability
Motorists must share the road with bicyclists. Unfortunately, many motorists fail to respect a bicyclist's right to the road and this recklessness results in preventable accidents. However, bicyclists have an obligation, too. When riding on the road, bicyclists must abide by all applicable traffic laws and rules, including traffic signals, yielding to the right of way, and lane markings. For this reason, it can be difficult to determine fault for a bicycle accident. However, the attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane have handled many of these claims and can call upon a network of experts to help us establish liability.
Contact a Bicycle Accident Lawyer
At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, we pride ourselves on our reputation for delivering results. We have the resources to take on any defendant and we never accept a quick settlement. You can rest assured that we will work with your best interests in mind. To review your case and learn how you can maximize your recovery, contact us online or call us at (801) 335-6467 and schedule your free consultation.