Bicycle Accidents that Occur Because of Negligent Property Maintenance

In some ways, Charleston is an excellent city for cyclists. The beautiful scenery and the warm temperatures make cycling a great option nearly year round. As well all know, cycling is also a healthy and earth-friendly way to get around, and thousands of people every day hop on their bikes for recreation, exercise, and a source of transportation.

Unfortunately, cyclists are exposed to a significant risk of injury every time they ride—especially if they are riding on someone else’s negligently maintained property—like a store parking lot – it’s a different story. Bike accidents are dangerous, and if you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you need experienced legal counsel.

At Hughey Law Firm, we represent the rights of individuals who have been injured in bicycle accidents caused by the carelessness or negligence of others. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Charleston personal injury lawyers, call our office today at (843) 881-8644 or send us an email through our online contact form.

Bike Accidents Happen

Bike accidents happen, and while many people think of these accidents as happening in traffic, it’s important to be aware that they can also be the result of poorly maintained property. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that bicycle trips make up only about one percent of all U.S. trips but that bicyclists are at far greater risk of being injured or killed in an accident than motorists are. In 2015 alone, more than 1,000 cyclists died and nearly 467,000 were injured in bike accidents.

A 2012 survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that cyclists perceive car accidents as the greatest threat to their safety and that they perceive uneven walkways and roadway surfaces as their second greatest threat.

If you’ve been injured in a bike accident that was caused by negligent property maintenance, you need a skilled bike accident attorney who’s experienced with premises liability cases. Bike accidents are often extremely dangerous, and your just compensation is too important to leave to the whims of the insurance company involved. The dedicated legal team at the Hughey Law Firm in Charleston knows just how harrowing these bike accidents can be, and our experienced bike accident attorneys have the skill, knowledge, and determination to aggressively advocate for your just compensation.

Premises Liability in South Carolina

In the State of South Carolina, premises liability law holds that landowners and tenants—including business owners—can sometimes be held liable for any injuries that are sustained on their properties. Generally speaking, they are liable for injuries that occur due to their negligence in maintaining their property. Whether or not negligence occurred in a given situation is a complicated issue that depends on a number of factors, including the nature of the hazard that caused the injury and the relationship of the injured party to the property owner.

Private and public bike paths, parking lots, and other areas where you may ride can be rendered unsafe in any number of ways:

  • A bike path or riding area that is uneven, cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged
  • A bike path or riding area that is littered with debris, stones, slippery leaves, or anything else
  • A bike path or riding area that isn’t safely cleared of snow and ice
  • A bike path or riding area that has an obstructed view

Any of these obstacles—and many others—can lead to dangerous, injury-causing bike accidents. These claims are complicated, but your rights and compensation matter. Every bike accident is unique to its own circumstances, but an experienced bike accident attorney will carefully evaluate your claim and will help guide it toward its best possible resolution.

Injuries Common to Bike Accidents

Bike accidents often lead to serious injuries. After all, there’s nothing but your bike helmet to protect you from the impact of the crash. Here are some of the most common injuries riders sustain in bicycle accidents:

  • Fractured bones. Broken bones are common to bike accidents. While these injuries are extremely painful, they usually heal well with proper treatment and time. Sometimes, however, a broken bone can lead to long-term complications and can even become permanently debilitating.
  • Traumatic brain injuries. Even with the protection of your bike helmet, serious bike accidents can lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A TBI is usually caused by a significant blow to the head and results in a disruption in normal brain function. Even mild TBIs are serious injuries, but when they are severe, they can result in extensive financial, physical, emotional, and psychological damages. Because TBIs affect your brain, they are nothing if not unpredictable. In fact, sometimes TBIs are referred to as silent injuries because it’s often not possible to see that a person has sustained a serious injury that is affecting their daily life.
  • Road rash, cuts, and abrasions. When you fall off your bike in an accident, you’re very vulnerable to cuts, abrasions, and road rash in those areas where your skin scrapes against the ground and surrounding obstacles. These injuries are not only painful but can also evolve into serious infections.
  • Blunt force trauma. The impact of a bike accident can lead to non-penetrative injuries that can cause internal organ damage that’s sometimes irreparable. Blunt force trauma injuries can threaten your life—and again, because may result in internal injuries, they can become more serious before they’re diagnosed.

If you’ve been in a bike accident that was caused by the negligent maintenance of the property you were riding on, seek immediate medical attention—even if you don’t think you were seriously injured. Some dangerous injuries aren’t immediately symptomatic, and prolonging medical care can exacerbate the injury’s seriousness. Early diagnosis is closely related to improved prognosis. Seeking medical attention isn’t just in the best interest of your health it’s also in the best interest of your bike accident claim.

The Insurance Company

Many people make the mistake of following the path of least resistance and allowing the insurance company involved to simply take care of the claim. This is rarely in your best interest. Insurance companies are first and foremost in the business of turning a profit, and adequately compensating you for your losses is not their primary concern. For this reason, it is highly advisable to retain an attorney to represent you in insurance company settlement negotiations.

If You Were Injured in a Bike Accident, Consult with a Charleston Bike Accident Lawyer Today

Bike accidents are dangerous accidents, and if the negligent maintenance of property has left you injured, you need experienced legal counsel. At Hughey Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina, our skilled bike accident lawyers have the experience, commitment, and drive to fight for your bike accident claim’s most positive resolution. We’re here to help, so please contact us or call our office today at (843) 881-8644.

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