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If you live in Kent, you may use your bicycle to get to and fro on a regular basis. From commuting to work to riding for pleasure, bicycling is a fantastic way to improve your health, and help the earth.
But bicycling isn’t always safe, and in Kent, where a lack of bicycle infrastructure forces cyclists to ride on the road with cars, riding a bike can be downright dangerous. If you are hit while riding in Kent or surrounding areas, our experienced bicycle accident lawyer at the Khan Law Firm wants to discuss your accident with you today. We can help you to file a claim and recover the compensation that you deserve.
Bicycle accidents are almost always caused a result of negligence. Negligence means the failure to act with a reasonable level of care, and as it pertains to bicycle accidents, might include:
Because most bike crashes are the result of negligence rather than unforeseeable and natural forces, such as bad weather, they are almost always preventable. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of another party, you have the right to hold that party liable for the full extent of your damages.
The injuries that a cyclist may sustain in a crash vary drastically depending upon the force of impact, the speed at which the bicycle and vehicle were traveling at the time of impact, the angle of impact, and a number of other factors, such as the clothing and protective gear the cyclist was wearing at the time of crash. Some of the most common injuries in a bicycle accident include (but are not limited to):
The experienced Kent Bicycle accident lawyers at the Khan Law Firm have seen it all – we can represent you during your bike accident claim, no matter the type of accident you have been involved in or the cause. If someone else acted negligently, we are ready to go to work on your behalf.
Cyclists who ride on the road have all of the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers, which means that they are also protected in the same manner that other drivers are, and are afforded the same duty of care. This also means that when a crash between a bicycle and a car occur, liability is based on fault (negligence). In order to determine who is liable for your bicycle crash, an investigation will need to be opened that determines the precise cause of your accident, potentially liable parties, and any acts of negligence. Witness statements, police reports, and expert accident reconstruction data may all be necessary to make a determination of liability. In some cases, an accident may not be entirely the fault of one party; both the cyclist and the driver may share responsibility. If this is true, it is important to know exactly what percentage of fault is yours so that you can recover compensation in proportion to the other party’s degree of fault.
Our lawyers know how to get you the compensation that you deserve after a crash. In addition to conducting the investigation necessary to determine fault, we also handle:
If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we will be prepared to file a lawsuit on your behalf. While we always try to avoid going to court to save you time and money, sometimes, litigation is the only way to get the money that you need to pay for your damages.
A consultation with our law firm is always free, and we handle all upfront costs associated with your case, including hiring experts. Further, we never charge you unless your claim is successful and you receive a settlement.
To learn more about how our Kent bicycle accident lawyer can help you after a crash, and to schedule a free consultation, call our offices now at 206.472.1379.