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Pedestrian And Bicycle Accidents

Anderson Bike and Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Bike and pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries that can dramatically alter the lives of those involved. From traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions to fractures, spinal injuries, and soft tissue damage, the impact of these accidents can be profound. 

At Smith & Griffith, LLP, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll these injuries can take on the victims and their families. With over 25 years of experience, our Anderson bike and pedestrian accident lawyers stand ready to assist injured plaintiffs in helping them get the fair settlement they deserve.

Call (864) 477-7395 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation.

The Common Causes of Bike and Pedestrian Accidents

Accidents can occur for many reasons, each bringing its own challenges in terms of liability and compensation. Here are some common causes:

  • Distracted driving: Drivers focused on their phones, navigation systems, or other distractions may not notice a pedestrian or cyclist until it’s too late, leading to catastrophic accidents.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed reduces a driver’s reaction time and usually increases the severity of any impact with a pedestrian or cyclist.
  • Failure to yield: Many accidents occur because drivers fail to yield the right of way at crosswalks or intersections.
  • Poor visibility: Accidents may be more likely to happen in conditions of poor visibility, such as at night or during inclement weather, when drivers may not see pedestrians or cyclists.
  • Drunk driving: Impaired driving is a significant cause of accidents, with alcohol or drugs severely affecting a driver’s judgment and reaction times.
  • Roadway obstructions: Poorly maintained roads, construction zones, and other obstructions can force cyclists into dangerous positions or cause drivers to swerve unexpectedly.
  • Dooring: This occurs when a parked car’s door opens into a cyclist’s path, causing them to crash.

Ways of Proving Fault in Bike or Pedestrian Accidents

Establishing the defendant’s fault in bike and pedestrian accidents is a precondition for securing compensation. Here are just a few strategies and resources we can use:

  • Surveillance footage: Video from nearby security cameras can provide clear evidence of the accident, showing exactly what happened.
  • Witness statements: Eyewitness accounts can offer invaluable perspectives on the accident.
  • Accident reconstruction experts: Specialists in accident reconstruction can analyze the evidence to determine how the accident occurred and who was responsible.
  • The police report: The official accident report can contain important observations and information.
  • Vehicle damage analysis: The extent and location of damage on the vehicle involved can indicate how the accident happened and point to the liable party.
  • Cell phone records: In cases of distracted driving, cell phone records can prove that the driver was using their phone at the time of the accident.
  • Blood alcohol content (BAC) tests: When there is a suspected DUI accident, BAC levels can establish impairment and liability.

Dealing with Insurance Carriers

Dealing with insurance companies in the aftermath of a bike or pedestrian accident can be a daunting task. Insurers may try to minimize payouts by getting injured plaintiffs to settle quickly. Proper navigation of these challenges is an important part of getting you the compensation you deserve. 

Our team at Smith & Griffith, LLP has extensive experience in negotiating with insurance companies. We diligently document the extent of your injuries, associated medical costs, lost wages, and other damages to present a compelling case for maximum compensation. Moreover, we’re willing to take your case to trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations. 

Injured plaintiffs are in a vulnerable position and should not be subject to exploitation by insurance companies. We’re here to help protect your rights and best interests. 

Experienced Leadership; Compassionate Counsel

Smith & Griffith, LLP takes pride in offering personalized and compassionate legal services. We aim to fully understand the scope of your injuries and work for the compensation necessary for your recovery and well-being. 

Our deep roots here in upstate South Carolina and active involvement in the community reflect our commitment to excellence. Our reputation is built on hard work and the trust we’ve earned from our clients. Let us stand by you in this challenging time. 

Call the bike and pedestrian accident lawyers in our Anderson office today at (864) 477-7395.

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