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Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Columbia, South Carolina
South Carolina and Georgia weather is ideal for biking for most of the year. Add in the desire to be environmentally friendly, and many local residents choose to make biking their primary commuting method. Unfortunately, lack of appropriate bike lanes and inattentive drivers often create a recipe for disaster.
When an accident does happen, it will be investigated just like any other traffic collision. The police will look to see whether any traffic laws were violated and who had the right of way. It’s important to remember that bicycles have full rights to use local roadways just like any other vehicle, and that drivers need to take care to check for bicycles when making turns or leaving driveways.
Unfortunately for bicyclists, even though they have full rights to the road, injuries are often one-sided. A helmet simply isn’t enough to protect against several tons of metal. Because most bicycle accidents result in severe injuries, including head trauma, neck pain and back pain, medical treatment can be expensive and the victim may face significant lost time from work as they recover.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, contact our firm to learn more about your rights to receive compensation for your injuries and how to prove who was at fault. You may receive a tempting settlement offer from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, but have that offer evaluated by an experienced professional to make sure it will fully compensate you for your long-term care, lost time from work, and possible permanent disability.
Verdicts & Settlements
Car Versus Horse Accident
Our client ran into a horse which got loose from adjoining property. Our claim was that the horse owner was negligent in failing to keep the horse confined, including improper fencing. Client sustained significant injuries to the spine. A settlement of $300,000 plus future payments of $2,000/month for lifetime was achieved.
Premises Liability/Wrongful Death
A man was killed due to a hazardous condition created by a major corporation and supplier. He left behind two adult children. The case was resolved at mediation for $3.2 million.
Our client had a head injury following a concussion at work. She had some orthopedic complaints as well. An IME procured by defense counsel indicated she had a very limited impairment and was fully able to work. We were able to obtain a statement from the primary treating physician indicating that she was totally and permanently disabled due to organic brain injury. Recovery after mediation was $300,000.
Our two clients, a husband and wife, were hit by a drunk driver. Both of them spent weeks in the hospital with multiple surgeries. The at-fault driver had fairly low coverage, but the clients had good under insured motorist coverage. Total recovery was $1 million, which was the combined policy limits.
Dram Shop/Wrongful Death
Two minors procured alcohol from a package store and became intoxicated. Later that evening they ran off the road and were killed in a one-car accident. Suit was filed and extensive discovery conducted. Major issues of comparative negligence were raised. The case settled prior to trial for $500,000.
A man was seriously injured while driving a work truck. At issue was how many policies of under insured motorist coverage he could stack, or accumulate. They were business policies, and he owned the business. The insurer took the position that the business was the insured, not the man, and that he could not stack policies. Case settled while in litigation in federal court for $600,000.
Dram Shop/Wrongful Death
Our clients sister was killed after a night of drinking at a local establishment when the driver she was riding with, while intoxicated, crashed into another car. Major issues of comparative negligence were raised. Sum total of recovery between car insurance and tavern liability (dram shop) was $550,000.
Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death
A man presented to his family physician with various symptoms and test results indicating cardiac disease. He was let go with no substantial treatment. Shortly afterward he died of a heart attack. Case was settled with the insurance company for the practice group in the amount of $500,000.
Slip & Fall/Brain Injury
Our client slipped and fell on a foreign substance in a local grocery store. It was alleged that the grocer either caused or had notice of the substance, and that our client sustained permanent brain injury following a concussion. A lawsuit was filed, and voluminous discovery was conducted, including multiple depositions of medical providers and fact witnesses. The defense denied being at fault and denied the extent of the injuries. The case settled at mediation for $495,000.
Our client had a herniated disk following a work-related injury. He had fusion surgery by a neurosurgeon. Our contention was that he was permanently and totally disabled. Recovery was $200,000.
Any result we may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.