Milwaukee Bicycle Accident Attorney
At Mingo & Yankala, we personally know what it is like to lose a loved one in a senseless bicycle accident. We fought two insurance companies to obtain full recovery, first because one of the insurance companies denied coverage and second because one of the insurance companies wanted to delay payment. We even had to fight the U.S. Attorney’s Office who tried, unsuccessfully, to take part of the insurance proceeds. We understand how bicycle accidents happen and how to hold the negligent driver and his or her insurance company responsible.
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Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Most bicycle accidents occur because the motorist is distracted or for some reason is simply not paying attention to what is going on around him. Common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Inattentive Driving
- Motorist in a rush or being impatient
- Motorist failing to yield the right-of-way to the bicyclist
- Motorist making an improper turn
- Texting and driving
- Impaired driving (alcohol, drugs, etc.)
- Failure to properly signal
- Failure to heed traffic lights and signage
- Lack of vigilance in parking lots, gas stations, etc.
- Reckless driving or speeding on a motorized bike
At Mingo & Yankala we work with accident investigators and engineers when necessary to determine how a bicycle accident happened. By measuring skid marks and through other investigation we can often determine if the motorist was speeding, what direction a vehicle was traveling in, and reconstruct how the accident occurred. For instance, when a bicyclist is struck on the shoulder of the road, analyzing skid marks and damage to the vehicle can often tell us if the driver allowed appropriate room for the bicyclist.
Other evidence that can be used to help support your bicycle accident claim in Milwaukee include:
- Witness statements
- Expert testimony
- Medical documentation
- Video footage
- Other forensic evidence
- Police reports
- Accident reports
After a collision with a car in Milwaukee, it is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Our thorough investigation leaves no stone unturned in building a strong bicycle accident case for our clients. Essential evidence such as tire skid marks, forensic evidence, video footage, and even the damaged vehicle itself can be altered or lost over time. A good attorney can help preserve this important evidence by sending spoliation notices to potential defendants to prevent them from destroying or altering evidence.
Common Bicycle Injuries
Because we lost a loved one in a senseless bicycle accident, we understand how serious bicycle accidents can be. We also know that very often the motorist will attempt to place fault on the bicyclist. Even when proper safety equipment is worn, cyclists are afforded very little protection and often suffer significant injuries. Injuries from a bicycle accident may include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and back injuries
- Internal injuries
- Lacerations and road rash
- Broken and fractured bones
There are of course many other injuries people suffer in bicycle accidents.
Compensation in Bicycle Accident Cases
Drivers have a legal obligation to operate their vehicles in a reasonable and safe manner. When they fail to do so, through action or inaction, they may be held legally responsible for the injuries they cause. This may entitle you to monetary damages. The term damages refers to losses a person incurs as a result of his or her injuries. These damages are typically divided into two categories, economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include tangible, more easily calculated losses, such as past and future medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and reduced earning capacity. Non-economic damages include non-monetary losses such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of companionship. It is important to have an attorney who knows how to recover full compensation for all of the damages you are legally entitled to.
It takes a skilled and experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney and their team to properly calculate all of the damages you are entitled to following your bicycle accident. Your attorney must know not only the law but he must also know you. It is only by taking the time to thoroughly get to know each and every client that your attorney can fully evaluate how your bicycle accident injuries have uniquely affected your life and the life of your spouse if you are married.
Many law firms do not take the time to get to know their clients well enough to understand the full extent of compensation to which their client is entitled. Some attorneys simply do not understand the law as it applies to bicycle injuries. For many years at Mingo & Yankala, we worked for some of the largest and most well-known insurance companies in Wisconsin and in the nation. We know exactly how to present your case to the insurance company to get you the best settlement possible, often without you ever having to go to court. When necessary, we have the skill and expertise to take your case to court and prevail against the driver who caused your injuries and his or her insurance company.
Contact a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Milwaukee Today
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bike accident in Milwaukee, or a bike accident anywhere in Wisconsin, we would love to put our skill and experience to work for you. If you choose to hire us, our Milwaukee bicycle accident team will begin working on your case immediately and never charge a fee of any kind until we recover compensation on your behalf.