At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our Hyannis bicycle accident attorneys have been representing clients injured in accidents, including those that occur on two wheels, since 1994. We draw on a combined 146 years of legal experience to offer clients comprehensive, personalized legal representation services, with an emphasis on protecting the rights of those we represent, while seeking the maximum available legal recovery on their behalf.Serious Bicycle Accidents Are Common
Bicycles are becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation, whether it's for commuting to work, getting some exercise, or cruising around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the rise in cycling has been accompanied by increasing bicycle-related accidents. Upwards of half a million riders are treated for bicycling injuries in emergency rooms across the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Bicycle riders don't enjoy the same type of physical protection as drivers and car passengers. That means that when an accident happens, cyclists are in danger of serious and sometimes life-threatening injury.Safe Biking Techniques
While bicycle accidents are often caused by the negligence of car drivers, pedestrians and even other cyclists, there are certain precautions that each rider can take in order to help keep themselves safe on the road. Here are some of the most important:
- Occupy a lane: when riding in a city street or road, cyclists should make themselves clearly visible to car drivers by clearly occupying a lane, rather than hugging the curb or shoulder. Always use bike lanes when possible.
- Merge with care: look both ways and make yourself visible.
- Signal turns: drivers can better adapt when they know where you're going.
- Ride with care after dark: use lights and reflectors.
- Keep your bike in good shape: make sure tires are inflated and brakes are tight.
Even the safest cyclist who follows these and all of the other rules of the road may eventually find him or herself in an accident. A rider simply cannot predict and avoid all of the potentially dangerous situations created by others on the road or street. The good news is that a person injured in an accident caused by another has the legal right to seek remedies from the responsible parties, including monetary damages to cover medical bills, missed wages, physical damage and pain and suffering.
Negligence is the most common legal theory under which persons injured in bicycle accidents seek to hold responsible parties legally liable. The law generally requires other people on the road to act in a reasonable and safe manner toward other motorists, passengers, bicycle riders, and pedestrians. Those who do not may be held liable for the injuries caused by their negligence.Why Choose Us to Help You With Your Case?
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our attorneys are well versed in the intricacies of negligence law as well as the various other legal theories that arise in personal injury cases. We pride ourselves on keeping clients involved in the process by explaining case developments as well as their rights, interests, and options along the way. We are always available to clients and we promptly return phone calls and emails.
Just as important, our lawyers understand how harrowing a bicycle or other serious accident can be -- the depth of the physical and emotional injuries that often arise from a crash can be very difficult to recover from. We are dedicated to helping our clients through this trying time in their lives by giving them the peace of mind that we are in their corner, fighting for the legal recovery they deserve.
But we don't just offer moral support: our firm has a proven track record of getting excellent results for clients. Among other victories, we have obtained a number six and seven figure settlements arising from a variety of accident cases.
With offices in Hyannis and Plymouth, our Massachusetts personal injury lawyers and criminal defense attorneys proudly represent clients throughout the state. We offer flexible evening and weekend hours, and will even come to you if you cannot make it to one of our offices. Call us at (888) 262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.