Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC has practiced personal injury law firm in Alexandria, Louisiana for more than 20 years. One of our areas of practice is representing those who have been injured in bicycle accidents in Alexandria. If you or a family member have injured while riding a bicycle, let us help you. You need an Alexandria bicycle accident attorney by your side as you deal with the many issues caused by your accident.
Bicycle Riders’ Rights in Alexandria, LABicyclists have the same rights to use the streets of Alexandria as others. Motor vehicle drivers are required to treat bicycles with the same respect as any other vehicle. In fact, the law states that any motor vehicle passing a bicycle must stay clear of the bicycle by at least 3 feet at all times. Yet drivers often don’t look for bicycles or get irritated when they must slow down for them. According to Louisiana’s state Highway Safety Commission, in 2009 nearly 15 percent of traffic deaths in the state were pedestrians or bicycle riders being struck by a car. There were 824 people killed in motor vehicle accidents, and 12 of these were on bicycles.
Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Alexandria, LAAt Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC we want to see the day when all vehicles can share our streets and highways safely. Unfortunately, with the many factors that cause road rage and distracted driving, that day is still in the future. Until then, our lawyers will continue to fight for those who have been injured while riding bicycles. If you are in this situation, you should consult with one of our bicycle accident attorneys in Alexandria, LA as soon as possible. We will assess your circumstances and guide you through the trying times ahead. We will make sure you get the medical care you need. If you have not been to see a doctor, you need to go right away. You may feel fine now, but symptoms could appear later. The longer you wait, the more likely that the insurance company will try to claim that your condition is not related to the accident. You need an attorney to review any paperwork that the insurance company might give you. They may attempt to get you to sign a release relinquishing your claim, or get you to settle for much less than what you are owed. We will help you keep track of your expenses related to the accident and evaluate how much pain and suffering you have experienced. This could include any or all of the following:
- Medical Expenses – You should be reimbursed for all medical expenses related to the accident. This includes medical tests, doctor visits, physical therapy, and counseling.
- Lost Work – You may be entitled to reimbursement for loss of work due to your injury. This includes periods when you cannot work and time spent going to needed doctor visits or other appointments. If you are no longer able to work at your former occupation, you may be entitled to assistance in learning a new skill or trade.
- Physical and Mental Pain and Suffering – If you have severe or chronic pain or emotional issues, you may be entitled to increased compensation.