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Why You Need the Top Lawyers in Bicycle Accidents

Were you injured in a bicycle accident? Was it due to someone else’s negligent conduct? If so, contact The Yates Firm immediately to discuss the available legal options to seek the compensation you deserve.

Bicycles are not only convenient and affordable modes of transportation but also excellent exercise. Many people choose biking over driving a car for their daily commute. However, bicyclists can suffer severe injuries in accidents with motor vehicles.

Typically, when the occupants of a passenger vehicle are involved in a crash, the seatbelt keeps them firmly in their seat, and the airbag cushions the blow of the impact. Bicyclists don’t have the same safety devices. During a collision, the biker often gets thrown from their bicycle, sustaining debilitating injuries in the process.

You should call The Yates Firm at 843.692.3237 right now to learn about what we can do to assist you after a bicycle accident. One of our Myrtle Beach bicycle accident attorneys can speak with you during a free consultation and determine whether we can represent you in your case.

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CAUSES OF BICYCLE
ACCIDENTS

IN AN INJURY CLAIM...

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Taking a Right-Hand Turn without Yielding

When a driver approaches an intersection at a red light, they must stop. If they’re attempting to turn right, they should come to a complete stop and look for oncoming motorists and bicyclists before taking the turn. The driver can end up crashing into a biker already crossing the road if they fail to yield the right of way.

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Tailgating

Sometimes there isn’t a designated bike lane, causing bikers to share the road with cars and trucks. Following a rider too closely prevents the driver from stopping in time to avoid a crash if the rider must brake suddenly. Accidents involving tailgating often cause the bicyclist to become ejected and land on the hard pavement or be run over by a vehicle.

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Passing Too Closely

Motorists driving past bikers must use extreme caution and keep space between their car and the bicycle. Some cities require three feet of space between cars and bicycles. The side-view mirror can clip a bicyclist, or the entire vehicle can sideswipe them if the driver passes too closely.

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Dooring

Before exiting a parked car, the driver and passengers should look for bicyclists traveling in their direction. If they don’t, they could open their doors into the path of an approaching biker. The obstacle can cause the rider to crash directly into the door or swerve to miss it and end up colliding with a vehicle driving by.

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Distracted Driving

When people think of distracted driving, they typically picture a driver using their cell phone. However, distractions come in various forms. Distracted driving happens when a driver does anything that takes their eyes, hands, or focus off the task of driving.

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Turning Left without Adequate Distance

Preparing to turn left requires a driver to slow down or stop to allow oncoming traffic to pass. Anyone traveling straight has the right of way over someone turning left. A driver miscalculating the amount of time they have to turn or punching the gas to beat an approaching bicyclist could end up in the biker’s path.

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Failing to Check Blind Spots

Bicycles are significantly smaller than motor vehicles. Drivers should always check their blind spots before changing lanes, especially if there isn’t a designated bike path. If there’s a biker traveling alongside a vehicle, the motorist could sideswipe them if they don’t look in their blind spots before maneuvering.

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Entering or Exiting a Location

Drivers should use caution while backing out of a driveway, entering the road from a side street, or turning into a parking lot. Motorists often end up on collision courses with crossing bicyclists if they assume they have the right of way.

When a driver approaches an intersection at a red light, they must stop. If they’re attempting to turn right, they should come to a complete stop and look for oncoming motorists and bicyclists before taking the turn. The driver can end up crashing into a biker already crossing the road if they fail to yield the right of way.

Sometimes there isn’t a designated bike lane, causing bikers to share the road with cars and trucks. Following a rider too closely prevents the driver from stopping in time to avoid a crash if the rider must brake suddenly. Accidents involving tailgating often cause the bicyclist to become ejected and land on the hard pavement or be run over by a vehicle.

Motorists driving past bikers must use extreme caution and keep space between their car and the bicycle. Some cities require three feet of space between cars and bicycles. The side-view mirror can clip a bicyclist, or the entire vehicle can sideswipe them if the driver passes too closely.

Before exiting a parked car, the driver and passengers should look for bicyclists traveling in their direction. If they don’t, they could open their doors into the path of an approaching biker. The obstacle can cause the rider to crash directly into the door or swerve to miss it and end up colliding with a vehicle driving by.

When people think of distracted driving, they typically picture a driver using their cell phone. However, distractions come in various forms. Distracted driving happens when a driver does anything that takes their eyes, hands, or focus off the task of driving.

Preparing to turn left requires a driver to slow down or stop to allow oncoming traffic to pass. Anyone traveling straight has the right of way over someone turning left. A driver miscalculating the amount of time they have to turn or punching the gas to beat an approaching bicyclist could end up in the biker’s path.

Bicycles are significantly smaller than motor vehicles. Drivers should always check their blind spots before changing lanes, especially if there isn’t a designated bike path. If there’s a biker traveling alongside a vehicle, the motorist could sideswipe them if they don’t look in their blind spots before maneuvering.

Drivers should use caution while backing out of a driveway, entering the road from a side street, or turning into a parking lot. Motorists often end up on collision courses with crossing bicyclists if they assume they have the right of way.

COMPENSATION FOR BICYCLE ACCIDENT
VICTIMS IN MYRTLE BEACH

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$4,100,000

Total Recovered

recovered for family that suffered serious injuries in a tragic event

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$145,000

Total Recovered

for a client hit by a reckless motorcycle driver

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$199,500

Total Recovered

for a client hit by a commercial vehicle

You could also pursue punitive damages if you choose to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. This type of compensation punishes the defendant for their wrongdoing. You must show clear and convincing evidence of the defendant’s reckless, wanton, or willful conduct for the jury to award punitive damages to you.

$4,100,000 ​
Total Recovered recovered for family that suffered serious injuries in a tragic event​

$145,000​
Total Recovered for a client hit by a reckless motorcycle driver​

$199,500 ​
Total Recovered for a client hit by a commercial vehicle​

A HISTORY OF SUCCESS

IN BICYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIMS..

At The Yates Firm, we believe in helping accident victims get back on their feet. Someone else is responsible for causing your injury and should face the consequences. We will use our experience and resources to hold the negligent driver liable and aggressively seek the compensation you deserve.

We offer an initial consultation for free. You should not have to pay for the legal advice and guidance you need to decide what to do next. Our Myrtle Beach bicycle accident attorneys can review the circumstances of the crash to determine what we can do to meet your needs and try to reach your desired outcome.

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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I'VE BEEN HURT IN A

BICYCLE ACCIDENT IN MYRTLE BEACH?BICYC

01

CALL 911 
Report the accident and wait for law enforcement. The investigating officer should complete an accident report explaining the cause of the crash and who they believe is at fault. You can request a copy once it becomes available.

02

GATHER EVIDENCE AT THE SCENE
Typically, bicyclists suffer debilitating injuries. However, if you can get up and walk, you should collect any evidence you can find at the crash site. Take pictures, speak to witnesses, and ask the at-fault driver for their insurance information.

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SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
Once you leave the accident scene, go to the hospital. You could schedule an appointment with your doctor if you sustained minor injuries. However, you shouldn’t wait long before your initial treatment. Once the physician diagnoses your injury, they might order X-rays or recommend follow-up care. It’s critical to follow their recommendations during the recovery process.

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MAINTAIN MEDICAL RECORDS AND OTHER DOCUMENTATION
Keep copies of everything associated with the bike accident. Physical documentation showing the injuries you suffered, the treatment you sought, and expenses you incurred can be significant evidence to prove you should receive compensation from the at-fault party.

05

CONSULT AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER
You might believe you can handle your case without legal representation. However, the process can be more complex than you think. Hire a lawyer to pursue compensation on your behalf so you can focus your time and attention on what matters most – recovering.

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CONTACT US
If someone else’s carelessness caused your injuries in a bike accident, call The Yates Firm right now at 843.692.3237 for a free consultation with one of our Myrtle Beach bicycle accident attorneys.

We will pursue legal action against the negligent party and work hard to hold them liable for their actions. You can depend on us to be your advocate and fight for the justice you deserve.

 

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