Gretna Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycles can be enjoyable to ride, especially on a nice day. However, they often ride with motor vehicles on the roadways, and this can be dangerous. Louisiana does not require bicycles to use a bike path or separate lane, which means accidents are likely to happen. Bicycle injuries are common. Head trauma is one of the top injuries caused by a crash. Injuries to the face and chest can also occur. A rider can also suffer broken bones and abdominal injuries. Injuries such as dislocations, sprains, strains, lacerations, and road rash are also things that riders must worry about when on their bicycles.
Bicycle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries. These injuries can be expensive to treat. You likely don’t have enough money to pay for medical bills, so contact a Gretna bicycle accident lawyer from Palazzo Law Firm to get the financial help you need. We can hold the responsible party liable for your injuries.
Louisiana Bicycle Laws
In Louisiana, bicycles are treated as vehicles. There are no specific laws about riding on sidewalks, but the state does have a law for helmets. Those under the age of 12 who are riding on a bicycle, either as an operator or passenger, must wear a helmet.
For the most part, bicyclists must ride as close as possible to the right edge of the roadway except when doing the following:
- Overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle going in the same direction
- Preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road
- When it is unsafe to continue along the right-hand edge of the road
Can I Sue for Bicycle Accident Injuries?
You may be eligible for compensation for damages you suffered by being hit by a car while on a bike. Just be sure to save any evidence for your claim, such as pay stubs and medical bills. You should do all the normal things you would do after an accident. For example, you will want to exchange information with the other driver. You will want to report the accident to police and get a copy of the police report. Take photos of the accident scene and document all the injuries and damage. Don’t forget to seek medical help as soon as possible. The longer you delay medical attention, the more likely your injuries will worsen. Plus, the insurance company will have more leverage to deny your claim,
Contact Palazzo Law Firm Today
A bicycle accident can result in serious injuries and even fatalities. If you or a loved one has been affected, be sure to seek legal help as soon as possible. You have just one year to file a personal injury claim under Louisiana law.
Palazzo Law Firm can help you get compensation for all your damages, including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Schedule a consultation with an experienced Gretna bicycle accident lawyer today. Fill out the online form or call 504-433-1442.