All too often careless or reckless drivers endanger the lives of the cyclists they share Columbia’s roads with. South Carolina law allows you to hold a negligent driver liable if they caused you to suffer injuries in a car versus bicycle crash. We may be able to help you recover compensation by negotiating a fair settlement or filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
The personal injury team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is here to help you understand your options after a Columbia bicycle accident. If we can prove a negligent driver caused your crash and the resulting injuries, we can help you navigate the process to collect compensation for your expenses and losses. We can meet you at the hospital, at your home, or in our Columbia office.
Call 803-999-2993 today to talk to a bicycle accident lawyer in Columbia, SC.
Recoverable Damages After a Columbia Bicycle Accident
We cannot determine the worth of your claim until we complete a full investigation and understand more about your expenses and losses. The nature and severity of your injuries plays a major role in how courts determine victim compensation in a bicycle accident case, so we need to ensure we have the best possible understanding of your crash and your resulting injuries before we put a value on your claim.
We can, however, help you understand how much you may be able to recover in a successful lawsuit by explaining the types of recoverable damages. Some of the most common types of damages include:
- Ambulance transportation
- Medical expenses, including hospitalization and treatment
- Prescription medication and pain management
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your bicycle, helmet, and accessories
- Replacement of any damaged personal property
- Physical pain damages
- Emotional suffering
- Mental anguish
- Other emotional damages
We may also be able to recover punitive damages, in some cases. This is possible if we litigate your case and request this type of additional damages from the judge. The judge may grant you punitive damages if they believe the driver who caused your accident acted intentionally or in a reckless, willful, or wanton way. These damages punish the at-fault party and grant you compensation above and beyond your compensatory damages.
If your loved one passed away as the result of a Columbia bicycle accident, you may also be eligible to file a wrongful death action. We can help you with this process, as well.
Proving Negligence and Liability in a Bicycle Accident in Columbia
Because road sharing laws protect cyclists, most bicycle versus motor vehicle accidents occur because of a negligent driver. Often, the driver simply fails to see a cyclist or hits them while turning, changing lanes, parking, or even opening their door while parked.
We fully investigate every bicycle accident case we handle, and we often see the same causes of these accidents come up again and again. Some of the most common ways we see drivers acting negligently and causing these accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Texting or talking on the phone
- Driving drunk or drugged
- Careless driving
- Changing lanes without checking for bicyclists
- Failure to yield right of way to bicyclists when turning
- Failure to look for bicycles in the bike lane or on shoulder before opening door
To recover the compensation you deserve to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, we need to show the driver acted negligently. This allows us to hold them liable and possibly collect a payout based on the full range of your damages.
Understanding the Cause of Your Columbia, SC, Bicycle Crash
We investigate every case we handle, including getting to the bottom of why and how the accident occurred and collecting evidence against the liable party. As a part of our investigation we analyze all of the evidence before us to build a strong case. In order to do this, we may:
- Obtain copies of the police report and other evidence.
- Survey and document the accident scene.
- Analyze the damage to your bike and the motor vehicle involved.
- Call in an accident reconstruction specialist to help us better understand the accident.
- Collect your medical records, document expenses, and work with medical experts to prove your injuries and future care needs.
Navigating the Claims Process After a Bicycle Accident in Columbia
In many cases, we can reach a fair settlement agreement with the at-fault driver’s insurance company without having to go to court. South Carolina auto insurance liability laws require all drivers to have a certain amount of insurance to pay out to the victims of accidents they cause. We send a demand letter to their insurance company, and can often negotiate a fair settlement.
Only if the insurance company denies our claim or refuses to offer a fair settlement agreement will we consider pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. However, if it becomes necessary, we will not hesitate to litigate your case. We will represent you in court, and ask the judge to award you compensation to cover your full range of expenses and losses.
Talk to a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Columbia, SC About Your Case
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our personal injury team will review the facts of your case and help you understand your right to compensation. We will explain the next steps in the process and guide you through them. We handle all bicycle accident cases on a contingency basis, so you do not have to pay any attorney’s fees until we settle your case.*
Call our Columbia office today at 803-999-2993 for a complimentary consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer in Columbia, SC.