Advocating For Bicyclists After Dangerous Crashes
Cyclists encounter dangerous situations when traveling alongside cars, trucks and tractor-trailers. Many motorists are outwardly hostile to cyclists, not understanding that the cyclist has an equal right to use the roadway. This can cause motorists to drive aggressively when encountering a cyclist on the road.
Crash victims often require hospitalization and sometimes suffer traumatic brain injuries. Exorbitant medical bills and loss of income create additional hardship.
After a bicycle accident, you need dedicated legal guidance to pursue damages. Simms & Associates can assist, with over 20 years of experience in representing injury victims in Birmingham and throughout Alabama.
Failing To Follow Bike Laws Could Prove Costly
Alabama uses the doctrine of contributory negligence in bicycle and other motor vehicle accidents. This doctrine sets Alabama apart from most other states because it can prevent a bicyclist from recovering damages if they are partially at fault for an accident.
To help you better avoid an accident on your next ride, and to protect your ability to file a personal injury lawsuit if a car does hit you, most follow key Alabama bicycle laws. These include:
- Obeying traffic signs, signals and laws
- Remaining as far to the right as possible, unless you are making a left turn
- Riding on the road, rather than a sidewalk
- Using lights and reflectors to increase your bike’s visibility at night
A Personal Connection To Alabama Bicyclists
Attorney Derek Simms has cycled for over 20 years and fights aggressively for the rights of cyclists throughout the southeast. He shares these tips he has found useful in surviving on Alabama’s roadways:
- Ride in a group: Riding in a group improves visibility and deters aggressive motorists. The same holds true for motorcycle riding.
- Make yourself visible: Flashing LEDs, brightly colored clothing and front headlights, even during the day, can catch the attention of the inattentive motorist.
- Carry a cellphone: Your cellphone can be a life-saving device if you are struck and seriously injured by a hit-and-run motorist. It can also help police stop the responsible party as he or she tries to flee the scene.
- Don’t “ride the line”: Stay about three feet to the left of the right fog line. Riding the line encourages overtaking vehicles to squeeze by you despite oncoming vehicles. The goal is to force an overtaking vehicle to move into the oncoming lane to pass, and to do so only when it is safe.
When you are involved in a serious accident, our attorneys will protect your rights and fight to ensure maximum compensation.