Oxford Bicycle Accidents
Traveling by bicycle on the roads of any city can unfortunately be a dangerous activity, and Oxford, Mississippi is no exception. Even though Mississippi law provides some protection for bicyclists, the fact remains that bicyclists are more exposed to danger on the road than those traveling in cars or other motor vehicles. For this reason, bicycle accidents often result in serious injury. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash, let the Oxford bicycle accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz assist you in pursuing your damages against the responsible party. Our firm has over 25 years of experience serving accident victims, and we want to use that experience to help you obtain the recovery that you deserve.Bicycle Accident Lawyers Helping People Hurt in Oxford and Lafayette County
Bicycle wrecks can occur anywhere, but they are common in traffic-heavy areas in Oxford like the Square and the area surrounding the University of Mississippi where people are more likely to bike to and from class and other activities. Recovery in bicycle accident cases generally begins with establishing a claim for negligence against the driver of the vehicle that hit the bicyclist. To do so, the victim will usually have to show that the driver breached a duty owed to the bicyclist and that the breach was the legal cause of the bicyclist’s injuries.
Depending on the facts of a case, there are different ways that negligence can be established. The defendant driver may have been distracted, fatigued, or intoxicated. Evidence of these conditions can often be found through police reports, witness testimony, phone records, employment records of the company that employs the driver, and more. Sometimes, multiple law enforcement agencies will investigate a crash, such as the Oxford Police Department or Mississippi Highway Patrol. Serving victims throughout the Oxford area, our bicycle accident lawyers have decades of combined experience when it comes to investigating wrecks and seeking out proof of negligence.
Mississippi law can be helpful in establishing a negligence claim in bicycle accident cases. This is because Mississippi has a three foot passing law, with requires motor vehicle operators to leave at least three feet of space between themselves and a bicyclist when they are passing the bike. If a driver passes too close and ends up hitting the bicyclist, the victim could use the doctrine of negligence per se to establish their negligence claim against that driver because that driver’s actions violated Mississippi’s three foot law. This law, codified as Miss. Code Ann. § 63-3-101 et seq. and known as the John Paul Frerer Bicycle Safety Act, also prohibits motor vehicle operators in Mississippi from harassing, taunting, or throwing objects at bicyclists.
Often, bicycle accidents result in some form of injury to the bicyclist. In cases involving serious injuries, it is important to have an experienced accident attorney by your side. Without seeking the advice of an attorney, an injured bicyclist could miss out on several types of damages that the bicyclist would be entitled to but does not know to claim. Damages available following a bike crash could include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other forms of economic losses.Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Oxford Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we have 33 attorneys and more than 120 staff members, including investigators and paralegals, and we are dedicated to helping accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured in the Oxford area, our bicycle accident attorneys want to hear from you so we can help point you in the right direction. We serve accident victims throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Oxford, Jackson, Tupelo, Starkville, Caruthersville, Grenada, Columbus, Hayti, Meridian, Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Little Rock and Jonesboro. Call us at 800-529-4004 or fill out our online form for a free consultation with one of our injury attorneys. NST is the way to go.