Bike and Pedestrian Car Accident Lawsuits in Madison
Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorneys Sue for Bikes or Pedestrians Struck by Cars
Cyclists and pedestrians in accidents with cars often suffer serious injuries requiring expensive medical care. Although in some cases the victim walks away with only scrapes and bruises, many others suffer:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Brain damage
Even driving at 10 miles per hour, a car, motorcycle, or truck can severely disable a pedestrian or bicyclist, while speeds of 30 mph and higher more often result in more serious injuries and fatalities.
Accidents between bikes and pedestrians are also more common than people think, especially in areas where cycling is a prominent mode of transportation for commuters. Sometimes these collisions are not severe enough to require medical attention. However, thousands of pedestrians and cyclists go to the hospital every year for pedestrian-bicycle accidents.
If you’ve been hit by a car while walking or biking, contact our Madison car accident lawyers as soon as possible (after talking to the police and seeking medical attention). The evidence from a bike-car accident is often swept away by traffic or cleaned up. We send our investigators to the scene of the collision as quickly as we can in order to preserve any evidence before it is lost.
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Bike Accidents in Madison and Surrounding Areas
While some bike accidents are the result of property negligence, such has uneven bike paths or gravel left on the road from construction, many of the worst collisions involve motor vehicles. Whether the driver was distracted or reckless or the cyclist was not following traffic laws, a variety of factors contribute to bike accidents and the resulting injuries:
- Poor visibility (darkness or fog)
- Poor weather conditions (rain or snow)
- Unsafe road conditions (ice or construction)
- Lack of helmet
Wearing a helmet while cycling reduces the risk of a head injury by 85%. In fatal bicycle accidents, only 17% of cyclists were wearing helmets. Whether you’re riding a regular bicycle, mountain bike, quad bike, dirt bike, or electric bike, using a helmet could easily save your life and prevent a serious head injury in the event of being struck by a motor vehicle.
If you’ve been in a bike-car accident in Madison, Sun Prairie, Stoughton, Fitchburg, or anywhere nearby, contact our personal injury law firm. Our Madison bike accident attorneys achieve higher settlements and judgments than you would receive simply filing a bike accident insurance claim. At your initial consultation, our personal injury lawyers will go over the events of the bicycle accident, any questions you have about suing the driver, and what to do next.
Wisconsin Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
In 2012, 76,000 pedestrians were harmed in traffic accidents, while another 4,743 were killed. Pedestrians hit by a car in the crosswalk, in a parking lot, on the sidewalk, or elsewhere may be able to collect damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of normal life/loss of enjoyment
Many people think the driver is always considered at fault when a pedestrian is hit by a car. However, if the pedestrian is found partially or wholly to blame, they may not receive full compensation. If the driver ran a red light, was speeding, was intoxicated, or was texting or on the phone, the pedestrian has a strong case to sue for personal injury damages.
However, if the pedestrian stepped in front of the car while texting, crossed the street against the light, or was walking where they weren’t supposed to be, the pedestrian may be found partially or wholly to blame. The comparative negligence rule only allows the pedestrian to be awarded a percentage of the damages equal to their share of the fault. For instance, if a jury determines the pedestrian was 25% responsible for the accident, their award is reduced by 25%.
Free Case Assessment for Madison Bike Accident Lawsuits
Our Madison bike accident lawyers are so confident in our ability to get you the maximum financial compensation for your injuries, or for the wrongful death of a loved one, we’re willing to fully fund your lawsuit until you get your money. With a free initial consultation, no monthly retainer fee, and a No Win, No Fee policy, you don’t owe us anything until after you’ve received compensation. We don’t get paid until you do.