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Providence Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Bicycling can be enjoyable as a pleasure hobby or as a form of transportation, yet riders are at high risk of harm if they collide with an automobile. Careless drivers can leave bike riders with devastating injuries that could even be fatal. If you or a loved one has been hurt while riding a bicycle, you need experienced guidance from a Providence bicycle accident lawyer.

At Gemma Law Associates, Inc., our team is committed to serving the needs of victims who suffer the consequences of negligent motorists who fail to exercise appropriate caution about bicyclists.

We assess your case during a free initial consultation and then provide the aggressive legal representation you need to secure compensation from the wrongdoers. Contact us and arrange your meeting with a skilled Providence personal injury lawyer who will protect your rights.

Bicycle Riders Often Suffer Catastrophic Injuries in a Crash

emma Law helps families and individuals across Rhode Island as a highly regarded law firm. Over the last 40 years, our President and Founder, Alfred J. Gemma, has built a team of personal injury lawyers who are dedicated to serving the interests of people who are hurt by others’ negligence. We provide crucial services as part of your case, ensuring you have the strongest case possible in your specific circumstances.

Although most bicycle riders enjoy their bikes on suburban streets and in neighborhoods, there are still a number who share the highways with motorized vehicles. When a crash happens, the bike rider has almost no protection from severe injury or death. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that 2% of U.S. traffic fatalities involve bicyclists.

Common injuries you may experience after a bicycle accident with a car, truck, or SUV include:

  • Cuts, abrasions, and road rash
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Puncture wounds
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Neck, back, and spinal damage
  • Crushing injuries if you are run over by other vehicles

Helmets and Safety Pads

Helmets and safety pads can only provide some protection. Most riders need emergency transport and treatment after a bicycle crash, and their medical expenses can skyrocket quickly. The extensive recovery time can lead to psychological damage such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and isolation from society.

Potential Value of Your Providence Bicycle Accident Claim

Each accident case must be assessed on its own unique merits to determine its potential value. While Gemma Law has a stellar record of results for our clients, your bicycle accident lawyer in Providence cannot guarantee a certain dollar amount. However, they will make every effort to include all expenses you have suffered, including ones you may have overlooked.

Common damages we help clients secure include:

  • Medical bills
  • Surgery, ER, and ICU costs
  • Lost income
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation expenses
  • Repair or replacement costs for your bicycle
  • Damage to other personal property
  • Prescription medications
  • Travel for medical treatment
  • Mobility or medical devices needed for your recovery

You can claim economic damages such as those listed above for compensation, which includes any loss with a specific price. Most insurance policies will cover these expenses, but if you have substantial non-economic damages, you may need to file a lawsuit. Non-economic damages include your pain and suffering, permanent disability, and emotional anguish.

How to Secure Compensation in a Bike Accident Case

Under the Rhode Island Code of Regulations §20-05-3.10, automobile drivers are required to carry a minimum of $25,000 per person ($50,000 per accident) of bodily injury liability coverage. They must also carry at least $25,000 in property liability insurance. Depending on the costs you incur after your accident, this may not be enough to pay for everything.

In those situations, your bicycle accident attorney in Providence may advise you to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver or any other liable parties. These could include a bike rep[air shop that performed substandard work, road work companies that failed to put up signage, or even a homeowner whose overgrown shrubbery blocked your vision of an oncoming car. 

Your lawyer will prepare all the necessary documents to move your case to court. They will file your claim within the statute of limitations, which is three years in Rhode Island for personal injury claims. Your legal team will often prepare for the courtroom before insurance negotiations are complete to ensure you do not lose your right to seek financial relief through the justice system. 

How Gemma Law Manages Your Providence Bicycle Accident Claim

Our team will begin investigating every aspect of your claim once we take your case. This process allows us to put our training, knowledge, and skills to work to perform the following:

  • Review the evidence you bring us, such as photos, witness information, and medical records.
  • Return to the accident scene to gather additional evidence.
  • Request video footage from traffic, security, or dashboard cameras.
  • Request and analyze Providence police accident reports.
  • Interview witnesses and others involved in the crash.
  • Scour social media platforms for information about your bike accident.
  • Collaborate with medical and other experts for their testimony
  • Negotiate with insurance providers for a fair settlement.
  • Prepare your case for court if a settlement cannot be obtained
  • Litigate fiercely to secure compensation for your medical costs and property damage.

Although we work to secure a settlement as quickly as we can, in some instances, your circumstances demand we take the at-fault party to court. We will seek the maximum compensation available, which may involve multiple liable parties. While you concentrate on getting better, your Providence bicycle accident attorney at Gemma Law will tackle all the paperwork and legal details of your case. 

Speak with an Experienced Providence Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today

When automobile drivers are careless and you end up hurt, you have the right to seek justice. Instead of facing these concerns on your own, put your trust in the skills of a qualified Providence bicycle accident lawyer from Gemma Law. 

We are committed to ensuring you have the compensation you need to recover emotionally, physically, and financially. Contact our office to schedule your free initial consultation and learn more about your legal options today.

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