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A Car Hit Me While I Was Riding My Bicycle. What Can I Recover?

Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C.

Bicycles are an important and enjoyable mode of transportation. They’re eco-friendly, they keep you in shape, and they’re fun to ride. Unfortunately, they also make you very vulnerable to injury when you ride close to cars and other vehicles. Cars often can’t see bicyclists as well as they see other cars when changing lanes or turning, and devastating accidents ensue.

If this happens to you, what are your options?

How Negligence Lawsuits Work

When you bring a lawsuit against the responsible driver, your attorney’s job will be to demonstrate that the driver was negligent. There are four elements that your attorney must prove in order to win a negligence lawsuit.

First, they must show that the driver had a duty towards you to drive safely and keep you safe. Second, they must show that the driver breached that duty by driving carelessly. Then, they must show that you suffered injuries or property damage. Lastly, they must show that your injuries were the direct result of the driver’s breached duty.

What You Can Recover

The purpose of damages is to put you in the same position that you were in before the accident – or as close as possible. Thus, if you have had to pay medical expenses associated with your injury, including a hospital stay and medication, you can sue to recover the cost of those things.

You can also sue for injuries that aren’t tangible. For example, you can recover for pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. This is because physical suffering and the inability to enjoy time with your family are real consequences of your accident that you deserve compensation for.

Lastly, you can recover for property damage, such as the price of repairing the damage to your bicycle. You can also recover for lost wages for the time that you cannot work while you recover for your injuries. If the accident results in a permanent disability, you could also sue for loss of earning capacity.

Bicyclists deserve to be able to ride on roads and sidewalks safely. When a car hits a bicyclist, the law allows them to pursue compensation in an attempt to recover what they need to get back on their feet.

Client Reviews

I would recommend his services. They have a very informative staff as well. He helped me gather the most out of my car accident settlement and I'm most thankful that I went with Matt instead of a big name law firm you see on tv. When I was injured he was able to come to my house and do my first...

Audrey I.

Great and honest, helped me a lot to win my case.

Amir S.

Mr. Vance was attentive, diligent and even keeled throughout the process of fighting for my case. He exhibits a quiet and calm confidence in what to do and how to prepare. He always gave me the facts and did not BS me with exaggerated promises. He always treated me and my family as people, not a...


Matt and his team are amazing. They contacted me when I needed to come into the office to sign forms, and they only bothered me when they had a question on something. They took care of everything from beginning to end. I am so appreciative of them. And would refer them to my closest friends.

C. J.

Matt and his team are absolutely amazing and helped me more than enough with my case. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. He made a very difficult situation, seamless. Thank you so much!

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