CALDWELL BICYCLE ACCIDENTS
Caldwell Bicycle Accident Attorneys
With a population of 53,000 and rapidly growing, Caldwell, Idaho has become a great city of biking. Not only is the area picturesque, but there are many top biking trails located within the city limits and in surrounding communities. Further, Caldwell has recently adopted a master plan to create 35 bike routes, totaling more than 90 miles in length, to serve every single neighborhood in the city.
Notably, some of these current and proposed bike routes are “shared roadway paths”, where bicyclists will be required to share travel lanes with traffic.
Unfortunately, far too frequently, Idaho drivers fail to safely share the road with cyclists. In fact, according to data collected and published by the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), in 2015 there was a cyclist injured in a crash nearly once every day in the state, with 353 injuries in total. While some of those injuries were thankfully minor, at least 36 were reported to be “very serious”.
At Hansen Injury Law, our compassionate Caldwell bicycle accident attorneys have extensive experience handling all aspects of bike accident injury claims. Our team is made up of avid cyclists; we ride every week and we advocate for bicyclists and bike safety in our community. If you were hurt in a collision in Caldwell, please do not hesitate to contact our team today for immediate legal assistance.
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Bicyclists Have a Right to the Road
Far too many bike accidents occur because drivers simply do not understand cyclists’ rights. In fact, there are many cases where the bicyclist does everything right, yet the driver is convinced that they were doing something illegal. For example, bikes have a legal right to control an entire lane of traffic. Unless bikes are restricted from the road, as is the case on interstate highways, drivers must understand that a bike has every right to be in the road, controlling their own lane. As a second example, many drivers do not realize that bikers are allowed to be in the far left lane when making a left turn. Indeed, based on state law, bicyclists are often legally required to be in that lane. Yet, drivers are too often unaware of cyclists’ rights.
Holding the Negligent Driver Liable
Caldwell bike accident injury claims are generally brought under Section 6-801 of the Idaho state statutes. Under this legal standard, you will need to prove that another party’s negligence caused your accident in order to hold them legally responsible for your damages. In bike accident cases, negligence can come in a wide variety of forms. Indeed, negligence can sometimes be difficult to ascertain, so it is critically important that injured victims seek legal representation as soon as possible after their accident. Some common examples of driver negligence that leads to Idaho bicycle accidents include:
- A driver turning in front of a bike when approaching an intersection;
- A driver making a right turn at a red light, without looking to check for crossing bikes;
- A driver backing out of a parking lot without ensuring that the area is completely clear;
- A driver passing a bike without giving them enough space, also known as “buzzing”;
- A driver or passenger opening a door when parked without checking, hitting a cyclist; and
- Other forms of unsafe driving, including speeding, distracted driving and intoxicated driving.
What Compensation is Available for Bike Accident Victims
Injured bike accident victims may seek compensation for the full value of their losses. Indeed, victims may recover money for both direct financial losses as well as intangible, noneconomic damages. That being said, insurance companies are not eager to pay out full and fair settlement offers. To maximize recovery, bike accident victims should always work with a qualified Caldwell personal injury attorney. Based on the facts of your specific case, you may be able to recover for:
- Any damage to your bicycle;
- All medical and hospital bills;
- The cost of medication and medical equipment;
- Expenses related to rehab;
- Lost income;
- Diminished earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental distress;
- Severe physical damage, such as disfigurement;
- Loss of lifestyle enjoyment; and
- Wrongful death.
Were You Injured in a Bicycle Accident in Caldwell?
We can help. At Hansen Injury Law, our Caldwell bike accident lawyers have helped many victims recover the fair injury compensation they deserve. If you were injured in a collision, please call us today at (208) 922-6650 or reach out to us directly online to set up your free, no obligation initial legal consultation. We are proud to fight for the rights of victims in Caldwell, Idaho and throughout the surrounding communities.
“After my bike accident, I went looking for a lawyer to help with the insurance company. I noticed that Matt focused specifically on cycling accidents and thought he would be a great fit.
Matt and his staff made sure I was always up to date on how things were going. I had never used a lawyer and didn’t know what to expect, but now I feel like Matt was on my side and made sure my problem was solved and I was taken care of.”Josh C.