Eagle Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Idaho is one of the best states in the country for bicyclists. Eagle, ID in particular has many great areas of riding, from the Eagle Bike Park to the Boise River Greenbelt, a trail that cuts through the area. Of course, if you are a bicyclist, at some point you will ride on the road and come into contact with oncoming traffic.

Unfortunately, this can be dangerous. Motorists in Idaho and around the United States are still not very good at sharing the road with bikes. In the most recent highway accident report from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), the state agency analyzed bike accident data for the years 2011 through 2015, finding that 7 bicyclists were killed and more than 1,000 were injured in collisions in our state.

At Hansen Injury Law, our experienced Eagle bicycle accident attorneys fight for the legal rights and financial interests of injured cyclists. Beyond our extensive legal experience, we are also avid cyclists ourselves. We ride multiple times every week, sponsor races, advocate for biking and work hard to promote increased bike safety. If you were hurt in a crash, we can help you.

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The Most Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

It is of little surprise that when a collision occurs between a bike and car, the cyclist usually bears the overwhelming brunt of the impact. Bicyclists are inherently exposed to dangers from motor vehicles. The injuries that happen in these types of accidents have the potential to be very severe, even life-threatening. Our firm helps bike accident victims get the compensation they desperately need to recover and move forward with their life. Some of the most common injuries that we see include:

  • Road rash;
  • Severe lacerations;
  • Torn ligaments;
  • Serious joint damages;
  • Facial injuries, including broken teeth;
  • Concussions and TBIs;
  • Neck injuries;
  • Back injuries;
  • Severe spinal cord damage;
  • Paralysis; and
  • Amputation.

Proving Liability in a Bike Accident Case

In Idaho, fault for a bike accident must be established under Section 6-801 of the state’s legal code. This is the state’s modified comparative negligence standard. Under this statute, to hold another party liable for your injuries, you must be able to prove that their unsafe conduct caused your accident. In some limited cases, proving negligence is very straightforward. The responsible driver may even fully admit their culpability for your accident. However, in many other bike cases, proving negligence can be challenging. Often, extensive investigation is required.

It should also be noted that since Idaho is a comparative negligence jurisdiction, multiple parties, including the victim, can share the liability for the same bike accident. This has a major impact in many bicycle crash cases, as often the big insurance companies try to push some of the blame for the accident onto the victim. For example, imagine that you were hurt in an Eagle, ID bike crash, sustaining $20,000 in total damages. If the insurance company of the at fault driver can push 30 percent of the accident blame onto you, your compensation would be reduced by a corresponding 30 percent, or $6,000. The bottom line: Do not let yourself get stuck with an unfair share of the fault, as it could take thousands of dollars out of your pocket.

You Deserve Fair Compensation for Your Injuries

Once you are able to establish legal liability for your bike accident, your case will move onto the issue of damages. Under Idaho law, you are entitled to financial compensation that is equal in value to the value of your losses. That being said, you can only recover money to the extent that you can prove your damages. Sadly, the big insurance companies fight hard against bike accident victims, attempting to undervalue and even deny wholly valid legal claims. As such, bike accident victims need to work with an aggressive Eagle bicycle accident lawyer who will fight for their rights. Our firm can help you seek financial relief for:

  • The damage to your bike;
  • Emergency medical costs;
  • All other medical bills;
  • Cost related to physical rehabilitation;
  • Long-term disability;
  • Lost wages or diminished earning capacity;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Emotional distress;
  • Disfigurement;
  • Loss of limb;
  • Loss of life enjoyment; and
  • Wrongful death damages.

Were You Injured in a Bicycle Accident in Eagle?

We are standing by, ready to hear your case. At Hansen Injury Law, we have helped many bike accident victims obtain full and fair compensation for their injuries. If you were hurt in a bike crash, please do not hesitate to call us today at (208) 922-6650 to schedule your free, no obligation case evaluation. We are proud to serve residents of Eagle, Idaho and 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.