Oxford Bicycle Accidents
Personal Injury Attorneys Advocating for Victims in Oxford and the Surrounding Area
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 30 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 30 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.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.