If you have been involved in a Hoover bicycle accident a bicycle accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to get justice for you and your family following an injury crash.
Our personal injury lawyers represent cyclists hit by cars in Jefferson and Shelby counties, filing claims and lawsuits on their behalf. In many cases, we recover compensation for our clients, including their medical care costs, wage losses, and more.
We provide complimentary, confidential, and no-obligation legal case reviews. We will answer any questions you may have and help you understand our role in your case. As a result, our clients can focus on making a full recovery while we take care of the rest.
Recovering Compensation Based On Your Hoover Crash Injuries and Expenses
If you suffered an injury when a careless driver struck you on your bike, you may be able to seek compensation through:
- An insurance claim based on the driver’s auto liability policy
- A civil lawsuit filed in either Jefferson County or Shelby County court
Our attorneys handle these claims and lawsuits for clients with a wide variety of accident injuries, including:
- Neck and back injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Internal injuries
- Contusions, lacerations, and abrasions
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Lasting injuries and impairment
Because cyclists lack the same protections as a motorist in another car, they often suffer severe injuries in these collisions. We do not believe you should pay for your hospital stay or worry about missing paychecks while you are out of work. Instead, we seek justice through compensation for damages that include:
- Medical bills, current and future
- Related care and support costs
- Lost wages and other income
- Reduced working and earning capacity
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible losses
For a free legal consultation with a Bicycle Accident lawyer serving Hoover, call 800-537-8185
Wrongful Death Actions Pursue Different Damages Under Alabama Law
Under Ala. Code § 6-5-410, Alabama allows immediate family members to recover compensation if their loved one passes away. However, this statute does not let them recover compensable damages. They cannot pursue monetary damages based on medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income, or other economic damages.
Instead, the law bases the value of these claims on the at-fault driver’s negligence. The more severe their bad behavior, the more the family may recover. This is because Alabama allows only punitive damages in these cases. Punitive damages penalize the at-fault party.
Morris Bart & Associates, LLC, Represent Injured Cyclists in Hoover, AL
When our attorneys review a bicycle accident case, we determine the strength of the case and how we may be able to help. For 40-plus years, our lawyers have helped individuals and families hurt in traffic accidents.
In 2019 alone, our case results showed that we won more than 6,500 cases for our personal injury clients across 15 locations and in four states. We represent injured individuals in and around Hoover from our Birmingham office:
Morris Bart & Associates, LLC
420 20th Street N. #2750
Birmingham, AL 35203
Our attorneys work on contingency fees. We do not charge anything up front when we manage a case. Instead, we use our resources to investigate, develop, and pursue a claim or lawsuit. Our lawyers’ fees come from the financial damages we recover for the client. Our attorney does not get paid if they do not get a verdict or settlement for our client.
Proving Your Hoover Traffic Accident Claim for Damages
Negligence causes many Hoover bicycle accidents. Because a driver acts carelessly or recklessly and strikes the bike rider, the cyclist suffers injuries. To win compensation in these cases, we must prove the motorist was negligent and is, therefore, liable for the collision-related expenses.
We must prove four factors that show negligence occurred in your accident. These include:
- The driver had a duty to act in a way that kept you safe, usually by obeying all traffic laws.
- The driver acted carelessly or recklessly and breached their duty, often violating one or more laws.
- Their actions directly caused them to hit the cyclist.
- The bike rider suffered harm, including injuries, emotional distress, and financial losses.
If we can prove these four factors, we may have a strong case to show negligence and hold the at-fault driver liable.
Alabama is one of four states with pure contributory negligence rules. The Supreme Court of Alabama affirmed this in 1980 in Golden v. McCurry. Under this rule, if the victim contributed to causing their accident or injuries in any way, they are barred from financial recovery. This is one of the most common defenses that at-fault parties use in these cases.
Because of this rule, we must have strong evidence to prove the liable party’s negligence and liability. The evidence in these cases could include:
- Law enforcement’s crash report
- Witness statements
- Video footage of the collision
- Accident reconstruction
- A collision scene survey
- Medical records
- Medical expert testimony
- Documentation of the victim’s damages
We usually reach out-of-court agreements in traffic accident claims without going to trial. Under some circumstances, suing the at-fault driver may be necessary. If this works for your case, we will discuss the legal strategy with you and decide together. This could occur if:
- The insurer denies the claim.
- It will not offer a fair settlement agreement.
- It blames you for causing or contributing to your injuries.
- We need to pursue wrongful death damages.
- We are running out of time.
Ala. Code § 6-2-38 generally gives us up to two years from the accident date to sue, but you may have more or less time based on your case’s unique circumstances and any exceptions that may apply.
Discuss Your Case With a Lawyer from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC
Morris Bart law firm’s attorneys provide free legal reviews for Hoover bicycle accident victims and their families. We will help you understand your options and answer any questions you have. We will also explain how we can help, how our contingency fees work, and the timeline for seeking the compensation you need and deserve.
Call (828) 286-3866 now to speak with someone in our Birmingham office today.
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