These days, many Louisiana residents are choosing bicycles for their transportation needs. With concerns over gas prices, heavy traffic, and the impact of traditional motor vehicles on the environment—many have decided to change the way they travel. However, while more people are opting to use bicycles for their commute, many drivers may not look out for bicyclists on the road, leading to dangerous collisions. If you or a loved one have been the victim in a bicycle accident, you want an experienced attorney on your side. At The Law Offices of Ossie Brown, we are dedicated to helping you receive the legal compensation you deserve.
Everyone would like to believe in a world where drivers operate by the rules of the road and pay close attention to their surroundings. Sadly, this is not the case. Many Louisiana drivers fail to look out for cyclists on the road. And, some may even be hostile towards cyclists, believing that they shouldn’t have to share the road.
Because cars are much larger and heavier than bicycles, collisions involving the two can often be catastrophic. While motorists are protected by a cage of metal, cyclists are far more vulnerable in an accident, even when they are wearing the proper safety equipment. In 2015, the Center for Disease Control stated that Louisiana had the third highest rate of bicyclist deaths in the country. In 2019 alone, 22 bicycle fatalities and 728 injuries were recorded in the state.
Unfortunately, because these accidents can be so severe, many drivers and insurance companies may be quick to blame the bicyclist because they don’t want to be held responsible for the damages. Insurance companies may also try to settle these claims with a low-ball figure that may not even cover your damages, or they might not offer a settlement at all. If you are a victim in a cycling accident, you don’t want to be left to handle it by yourself. This is why you need a legal expert working for you.
Even if you are found partially responsible, you could still be entitled to compensation. The bicycle accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Ossie Brown understand the complexities of Louisiana bike laws, and they are ready to use that knowledge to help you with your case. This can include developing a sound strategy and using a detail-oriented approach to gather the evidence needed to strengthen your legal claim.
When it comes to making your case, contacting an attorney as soon as possible could give you the advantage. Our lawyers have experience representing Louisiana bicyclists who have been injured in traffic accidents, and we are ready to fight for you. Call us at 225-343-111 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation. Don’t accept a check before you’ve talked to us. Let our bicycle accident attorneys help you find legal relief.