A Law Firm Aggressively Advocating For Injured Bicyclists And Pedestrians
Greenville and other cities have begun to recognize the rights and safety needs of bicyclists, but there is still a long way to go before riders receive the same respect and deference shown to drivers. In the meantime, bicyclists are at serious risk every day because of the carelessness, disregard and poor choices of motor vehicle operators.
If you’ve been seriously hurt by a negligent driver, contact the skilled attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP. We bring more than 58 combined years of experience to each case and client, and we know firsthand just how difficult it can be to ride a bike in a car-obsessed culture.
The High Rate Of Accidents And Injuries
Pedestrians and bicyclists are often blamed for their own injuries, which reflects just how car-obsessed our culture is. The truth is, however, that drivers are frequently to blame for causing the collisions that injure and kill walkers and cyclists. Common causes of these accidents include:
- Drivers passing bicyclists without leaving a safe buffer zone
- Disobeying stop signs, turn arrows and other traffic signage
- Failing or refusing to yield right of way
- Making left or right turns without scanning crosswalks and bike lanes
- Speeding, especially in areas with a lot of foot traffic
- Disobeying stop signs, yield signs and traffic signals
- Drunk or distracted driving
- Failure to keep a lookout, especially at night
Police are often too busy to conduct thorough accident investigations, and they may even cut corners on accident reports (such as only listening to the driver’s version of events and not taking a statement from the bicyclist). A faulty or incomplete police record can greatly damage your chances of recovery, since North Carolina laws prevent victims from seeking compensation if they are even 1 percent at fault for the accident.
When you hire our team, we conduct on our own thorough and independent investigation. We will work to correct or challenge incorrect accident reports and will strongly refute the at-fault driver’s claims that you shared any blame for what happened to you.
The Importance Of Contesting Shared Fault
As we mentioned above, it is very common for drivers and even police officers to blame pedestrians and bicyclists for their own injuries. This is not only insulting; it can also make it impossible to successfully sue for damages.
North Carolina is one of just a few states that recognizes a legal principle known as “contributory negligence.” In most states, you can recover damages even if you were partially at fault for the accident. Your compensation will simply be reduced by the percentage of blame assigned to you.
In North Carolina, however, you are barred from recovering legal damages if you contributed to the accident or your own injuries in any way. For this reason, it is critical to contest any false information in a police report and counter any narratives that you share blame for what happened to you. Our attorneys will search thoroughly for evidence proving that the driver was entirely at fault for causing the accident.
We Are Personally Invested In The Cause Of Bicycle Safety
While our attorneys are passionate advocates for all injury victims, we have an especially strong personal connection to the cause of bicyclist safety. We love to ride for health and recreation, and our attorneys have participated in numerous local marathons and charitable fundraising rides.
We understand the risks that bicyclists face as well as the legal biases that too often favor the convenience of drivers over the safety of cyclists. When you hire our firm, you can be sure that we know what you’ve been through and know how to help you seek full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Contact Us For A Free Discussion With An Attorney
Based in Greenville, Hardee, Massey & Blodgett serves clients throughout North Carolina. To discuss your legal options with one of our skilled and caring attorneys for free, call us at 252-787-4627 or fill out our online contact form.