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We Stand Up for Injured Cyclists

If you’re in a bicycle accident, an attorney can help

Cyclists have just as much right to use the road as motorists, but too many drivers don’t see it that way. Bicycle accidents change lives, and injured cyclists may be looking at a long road to recovery – and an insurance company that only cares about protecting its bottom line. The road ahead is long, and there will be more obstacles, but you don’t have to face them alone.

The Swanson Law Group has the experience, expertise, and resources needed to stand up for injured cyclists and beat the insurance companies at their own game. If you were injured while riding a bike, you can count on our legal team to relentlessly advocate for your rights. Schedule your free consultation with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer today.

“I didn’t see the cyclist” is no excuse

As a rule, bicycle accidents are caused by motorists who fail to pay close enough attention to their surroundings. They may be distracted by an electronic device or simply lost in thought. They may also be fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Regardless, a motorist failed to give the road their full attention, and a bicycle, being smaller and quieter than a car, ended up being hit.

We represent victims of all types of bicycle accidents, including:

  • Dooring: someone opened a car door into the roadway and a cyclist hit it or swerved to avoid it and collided with another vehicle.
  • Left cross: a motorist made a left turn in front of an oncoming bike that had the right of way.
  • Right cross: a car pulled out from a parking lot or driveway and hit a cyclist passing through the entrance.
  • Right hook: a car passed the cyclist on the left, then made a right turn in front of or into the cyclist.
  • Rear-end: a car hit the cyclist from behind, often because the driver was following too closely and didn’t anticipate how quickly a bicycle can stop or slow down.

All these accidents have one thing in common: a motorist failing to pay attention or failing to operate safely in the vicinity of a bicycle. Too often, it’s the cyclist who gets badly hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence. Unfortunately, the crash itself is just the beginning of the battle.

The insurance companies mistreat injured cyclists

When an insurance company sees a bicycle accident, their immediate concern is their bottom line. They know bicycle accidents often result in severe – and thus expensive – injuries. They also know they can exploit confusion and bias to take advantage of the injured cyclist and find excuses to reduce, delay, dispute, or deny an insurance claim.

The insurance company will send their own investigators to start gathering evidence. They’ll have an experienced representative or adjuster contact you and try to get you to say something that will undermine your case. They aren’t above gaslighting injured cyclists into believing they caused their injuries. For the insurance company, pushing around an injured person to save a few dollars is just another day at the office.

One of their favorite tricks is to say or at least heavily imply that you don’t need a lawyer. “We’re on your side.” “We’ll take care of you.” “We can handle this between us.” Of course, as soon as they’re done talking to you, they’ll call their lawyer to make sure their rights are protected. You should do the same.

Your guide on the road to a better future

Any injury case is won and lost based on evidence, especially in bicycle accidents when we often must overcome bias on the part of the insurance company and a potential jury. We will thoroughly investigate your accident to get to the bottom of what happened to you. That may include interviewing witnesses, poring over accident reports, gathering physical evidence from the crash scene, and consulting expert witnesses who can strengthen our case. Our goal is to definitively show that the at-fault driver or other negligent party (such as a manufacturer) was responsible for your injuries.

We put just as much effort into proving the full amount of damages (financial compensation) you deserve. Bicycle accidents don’t just cause significant injuries; they change lives. Your active lifestyle may have to change as a result of your injuries. Your family life may be affected. You might not be able to work for some time. These are real losses that deserve real compensation as you fight to rebuild your life.

While you focus on healing, we put together an airtight case that we know a jury will find compelling. The insurance companies know our reputation and our track record of results. When they see we’re prepared to take them to trial, they often come to the table ready to offer a fair settlement. If they don’t want to play fair, we are ready to take them to court.

It’s a difficult ride, but you can get us on your side

Throughout the claims process, you can count on the Swanson Law Group to be your guide forward. We handle day-to-day interactions with the insurance company, protecting your legal rights and keeping you informed about the progress of your case. Naturally, we’ll keep you involved in the strategic decisions as your case moves forward. We’ll also check in regarding your medical treatment and overall recovery, including recommending excellent doctors and other professionals who can assist you. Our goal isn’t just to get you a financial recovery; it’s to help you rebuild your life.

We also recognize that the last thing you need right now is another bill. That’s why we represent injured bicyclists on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us anything out of pocket. Our firm advances all the costs to move your case forward; if we win, our fee is a percentage of the money we recover for you. If we don’t win, you don’t owe us a penny. You have the right to legal recourse, and that right shouldn’t depend on your ability to pay.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. Over time, evidence disappears, and important legal deadlines may expire. Choose a law firm that puts injured cyclists first. Contact the Swanson Law Group today for your free consultation with an experienced bicycle accident attorney.

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