Providence Bicycle Accident Lawyer
A fun and healthy bike ride can turn dangerous in a matter of seconds when a car or truck collides with a cyclist. When there are distracted drivers sharing the road with bike riders and a collision ensues, the injuries to the bicycle rider can be severe or fatal, especially if the cyclist is not wearing a helmet. Injuries sustained from a bicycle accident are often more serious than those from a car collision because bike riders have no protection from the vehicle, other than a helmet if they are wearing one. If you have been hit by a car while biking, you need the most experienced and trusted Providence bicycle accident attorney to assist you in the recovery of your losses from the accident. Attorney David Tapalian has helped countless people hurt in bike accidents in Providence and throughout Rhode Island, recover compensation for their injuries. Tapalian Law works on a contingency system so you pay nothing unless we win your case. We understand the lasting physical and emotional impact that a bike accident can have on your life and will do whatever it takes to make the process stress-free and efficient.Bicycle Accidents in Providence, Rhode Island
The City of Providence is home to beautiful bike trails like the East Bay Bike Path and Blackstone Valley. The installation of JUMP bikes throughout the city has brought even more bikers hitching rides than ever before because of speed and affordability. However, with the increase in bicycle use throughout the city, there has been a stark increase in bike accidents. A 13-year-old old girl was hit by a car at the corner of Hope Street in Providence while riding a JUMP bike to Nathan Bishop Middle School. While turning onto Doyle Avenue, an oncoming car struck her side causing injury to her leg. This area of Providence, heavily congested during school drop off times, has several signs to prevent accidents like this one from happening. Most collisions between a bicycle and a vehicle are entirely avoidable and are often the fault of a negligent driver. Attorney David Tapalian is an experienced Providence bike accident attorney who can help you seek compensation for your crash-related injuries.How Do I Proceed with a Providence Bicycle Accident Claim?
If you are hurt in a bike accident in Providence, you should speak with an experienced injury lawyer immediately. You may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the at fault driver who hit you to seek compensation for your damages such as medical bills, hospital expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, bicycles are considered vehicles with rights and responsibilities equal to those of other vehicles. This means that other cars need to respect and treat cyclists like other drivers. In the case of the teenager hit riding a bike on her way to school, the vehicle driver was found to be at fault for the crash because the teen was witnessed to be far on the right side of the road at the time of the collision and the driver of the car was distracted and didn’t see her. In terms of Rhode Island Bicycle Laws, the state requires motorists to pass bicyclists by driving to the left of the bike at a safe distance, far enough to avoid contact if the biker were to fall into the driver’s lane of traffic. So, even if you are riding on narrow streets like those on the East Side of Providence, if a car collides with you because they were too close, they are liable for the resulting damages. By consulting Tapalian Law after a bike injury, you are guaranteed only the most relevant and helpful information will be gathered to build a strong case. Our experienced personal injury team will negotiate with the insurance companies, access accurate police reports, and collect witness statements to ensure that your case is as strong as possible. Leave the complex legal aspects of the case to us while you focus on your recovery.Contact Tapalian Law for a Free Consultation
A seasoned Providence bike accident lawyer, David Tapalian has decades of experience dealing with personal injury cases and a dedicated team of legal experts to help make your situation less stressful. We will guide you through the procedures to move forward with your injury claim and create a plan to strengthen your case to ensure you have the greatest chance of receiving full compensation. If you suffered severe injuries in the accident and cannot come to our office in downtown Providence, our legal experts can visit you in your home or at the hospital for a free consultation. Our trusted personal injury lawyers will work with you on your claim to make sure your accident case is solid. As with all Rhode Island personal injury claims, there is a 3-year statute of limitations for filing a bicycle accident claim. With offices located in Providence, Warwick, and Seekonk, MA, we are ready to help you. Don’t wait, call Tapalian Law today at 401-552-5000, or contact us online to set up a free consultation.