If you or a family member has been injured in a car-bicycle collision, you deserve lawyers who have the experience and understanding of bike crashes to make sure you are fairly and fully compensated for your injuries. Clifford & Raihala’s bicycle accident attorneys in Madison, Wisconsin have been representing people injured in car crashes for almost 50 years. We are experienced bicycle accident attorneys and have handled bike crashes of every kind, from tragically fatal injury to serious fractures, traumatic brain injury, and more.
We understand the serious nature of bike crashes, and their causes. In 2019, almost 850 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles. Another 49,000 cyclists were injured, a 5% increase over the preceding year. Almost 80% of those bike crashes were in urban areas. Alcohol involvement was reported in 34% of all fatal bike accidents. Almost 70% of the fatalities happened during weekdays, with one in five occurring between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Clifford & Raihala bicycle accident attorneys research these statistics (see, e.g., in the “Traffic Safety Facts” report published annually by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at https://www.nhtsa.gov and other sources) because that data helps us understand how and why our bicycle accident client was injured.
Clifford & Raihala bicycle accident attorneys in Madison, Wisconsin believe having an understanding of how, and when, and why motor vehicle-bicycle crashes happen is an important background to providing our bicycle accident clients with capable legal representation, and assuring they receive full compensation for their injuries. That’s why we have recovered millions of dollars of compensation for our bicycle accident clients. Some of those results can be reviewed here: LINK
Our law firm has handled bicycle accident cases where the motor vehicle operator has violated some of the most basic, but important, duties to the bicyclist. Motor vehicle operators need to share the road with bicyclists. They need to allow at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a bicycle on the roadway, to look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling from a parking space, and to yield to bicyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals. Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators and have the same responsibilities – and rights – as motor vehicles. All too often, car drivers don’t recognize the rights of bicyclists on our roadways. And the results can be devastating.
Frequently – all too frequently – bicyclists suffered sever and life altering injuries when a car or truck crashes into them. Our bicycle accident lawyers have represented clients who have been struck by a negligent motor vehicle operator resulting in injuries from severe fracture requiring multiple surgeries and long-term rehabilitation and therapy to injuries to multiple organs to fatalities. The injuries are rarely mild. The consequences are frequently awful. Unfortunately, our bicycle accident attorneys have had to resolve claims where the bicyclist has succumbed to fatal injuries, and the survivor family members should be compensated for not only their economic losses of support but their loss of the society and companionship of their loved one.
Our bicycle accident attorneys have obtained millions of dollars of compensation for our bicycle accident clients. If you or a family member have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact us at 608-257-7900 (toll free at 888-791-84220 or click https://myjustice.com. There is no charge and no cost for this consultation, and no obligation. Our bicycle accident attorneys will be pleased to answer your questions about our experience in representing bicyclists. We think you will be impressed, comforted by our experience and successful results, and convinced that we can help you, too. If you retain Clifford & Raihala to represent you, there will be no fee charged unless we recover compensation for you.