IDAHO BICYCLE ACCIDENTS

Experienced, Dedicated Boise Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Your life can change in an instant if you’re injured in a bicycle accident in Boise. There’s the trauma of the initial impact, followed by additional pain and suffering as you recover. Plus, you may be out of work due to your injuries, making it tough to pay medical bills and make ends meet during these difficult times. Under Idaho law, you do have options to obtain compensation from the person responsible for your bike accident. However, the process for filing a claim and going to court is extremely complex.

At Hansen Injury Law, our bicycle accident attorneys are passionate about helping you get the highest compensation available under Idaho law. We have the legal knowledge and experience to fight for your rights after a bike crash, whether we’re discussing settlement with an insurance company or in court. Our lawyers can discuss your options after reviewing the specifics of your case, but some general information on Boise bicycle accidents should be helpful.

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Our Boise Lawyers Take On Tough Bicycle Accident Cases

If you were hurt in a collision while riding, your claim for compensation is similar to other personal injury cases. The bike accident attorneys at Hansen Injury Law will gather proper evidence and work with experts to establish all elements of your claim:

  • Duty: In Idaho, motorists have a duty to exercise reasonable care while driving, including when sharing the road with bicyclists;
  • Breach: If a driver fails to exercise proper care in operating his or her vehicle, there may be a breach of the duty of care;
  • Causation: There must be a direct connection between the breach of duty and the accident, such that the responsible party’s actions caused the collision; and,
  • Damages: You must show that you have suffered losses due to the injuries you sustain in a bike accident, so that you deserve damages as compensation.

Statistics on Bike Accidents

As you might expect, the cyclist is more likely to suffer severe injuries when there’s a crash between a motorized vehicle and a bike. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gathers data regarding bicycle collisions across the US, and the statistics are shocking:

  • In 2015, 818 people were killed in crashes between bicycle and motorized vehicle, a number that breaks down to more than two people every day of the year.
  • Bicyclist fatalities have increased over time, as there was a 6 percent increase in bicyclist fatalities from 2006 to 2015. There was also a 12 percent spike in bicyclist deaths between 2014 and 2015.
  • The number of estimated cyclist injuries in 2006 was 44,000; in 2015, the NHTSA found that 45,000 bicyclists suffered injuries in accidents with motorized vehicles. The reason for estimates is that only a fraction of bike crashes that cause injuries are reported by officials, around 10 percent.
  • The vast majority of rider deaths in bicycle accidents are male, at 88 percent. In addition, the greatest number of bicyclist fatalities, 71 percent, occurs in urban areas.
  • The average age of bicyclist deaths has increased from 24 years old in 1988 to 45 years old in 2014. This figure corresponds with a 64 percent increase in people riding their bikes to work during the time period from 2000-2012.
  • In 2013, the highest injury rate, 376 casualties per million people, occurred in the 20-24 year age group.

You’re Entitled to Compensation After a Bike Accident

The bicycle accident attorneys at Hansen Injury Law are at your side to pursue the responsible party for compensation, which is based upon the legal theory of damages. There are two types of damages available in a negligence case:

  1. Economic Damages: When your losses are tangible and can be proved by documentation, the damages are considered economic in nature. They include:
    1. Medical Bills: You can recover your expenses for medical treatment, ongoing care, and rehabilitation. The bills from physicians, specialists, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals are included in this category.
    2. Lost Wages: If you’re out of work due to your bike accident injuries, you can recover the lost wages you would have earned. Pay check records are typically used to prove these amounts.
  2. Non-Economic Damages: Damages that fall in the non-economic category cannot be determined by paperwork, but you no doubt experience losses. Non-economic damages include:
    1. Pain and Suffering: You certainly feel discomfort from your injuries, though it can be difficult to express your pain in words. Indications that help prove pain and suffering are the nature of the injury, length of recovery, and type of medications used to treat your injuries.
    2. Emotional Distress: You may experience emotional anguish as a result of your injuries, which you can prove through psychiatric records and diagnosis of a disorder.
    3. Loss of Society, Companionship, Consortium: These non-economic damages are intended to reimburse you for the impact upon on your relationships with loved ones after an accident. You may be entitled to compensation for loss of the emotional bonds you have with your spouse, children, and other people in your life.

Factors That Limit Your Compensation

While it’s our intent to obtain the highest compensation available for your losses after a bike accident, there are some factors that may affect that amount.

  • Statute of Limitations: In Idaho, you must file a lawsuit regarding your bicycle crash within two years of the date of the accident. The statute of limitations prohibits you from suing the responsible party for damages after the time period expires.
  • Comparative Negligence: If your own conduct contributed to your injuries, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of your fault. Where you are more than 50 percent responsible, you may recover nothing under Idaho law.
  • Idaho’s Statutory Cap on Damages: State law limits the amount of compensation you can receive for non-economic damages. You cannot recover more than $250,000, though this amount fluctuates based upon the average annual wage as established by statute.

Contact a Boise Bicycle Accident Lawyer to Discuss Your Case

If you’ve suffered injuries in a Boise bike accident, the attorneys at Hansen Injury Law can help. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of Idaho law and extensive experience representing victims in these types of cases. Plus, many members of our legal team are avid cyclists, so we’re dedicated to getting victims the compensation they deserve. Please contact our office to discuss your options or to set up a free, no-obligations consultation. We serve clients in Boise, Meridian, and throughout Ada County, ID.

“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.