Have you suffered injuries as a result of a bike accident? If so, you likely have numerous injuries and a long road to recovery ahead of you. Let our Vermont bicycle accident lawyer navigate what comes next.

At Sabbeth Law, we work closely with our clients to get fair compensation after such an intense and tragic incident. Please speak to us before you settle your case.

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If you suffered an injury in a bike accident in Vermont, you may have the right to compensation for the losses you have incurred due to the other party’s actions or inactions. At Sabbeth Law, we have helped many people pursue compensation for these losses.

When you choose us for your legal representation, you can count on:

  • Results: We have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in damages – money owed to them because of the accidents others caused.
  • Experience: With our years of experience serving personal injury clients in the area, we can bring skilled insight to your case and maximize the compensation owed to you.
  • Compassion: We care about our clients and want to ensure you get everything possible to work towards recovery.
  • Aggressive support: While we are professionals, we are also aggressive in pursuing fair compensation for our clients. You can count on us to support you throughout this process.

You deserve fair and comprehensive legal support and guidance when you are involved in a serious car accident.

Our team is here to provide that to you. Please read our client testimonials and explore the numerous cases we have successfully helped our clients work through. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation with our team to discuss your case, and we will prioritize you every step of the way.

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How Common Are Bicycle Accidents in Vermont?

You may not realize how common bicycle accidents are in Vermont until you become a victim. According to data from the Vermont Department of Health, around 80 crashes involving bicyclists happen yearly. That does not include less severe cases that may not warrant calling the police to the scene.

There are many causes of bicycle accidents in Vermont, and each can be a concern for anyone who is a victim.

Some of the most common causes include:

  • Distracted driving: The vehicle driver is not paying attention to what is occurring around them because they are eating, talking on the phone, texting, or otherwise engaging in other activities.
  • Unsafe lane changes: Drivers that change lanes improperly, often without signaling or looking for bike riders, are also a common cause of such accidents.
  • Speeding: Drivers driving over the speed limit may not have enough time to react to a bicycle rider on the roadway with them.
  • Failure to yield: In some situations, a person may be injured on a bike because the car driver did not yield the right of way to the rider, causing the accident.
  • Intoxication: A person too tired to be behind the wheel of a car can strike bicyclists, causing injuries.
  • Fatigued driving: Sometimes, these accidents occur because the driver is tired or falls asleep behind the wheel.

These are just some of the most common causes of accidents between a car and a bicycle. If what happened to you is one of these causes, or you are unsure what is behind it, call our bicycle accident attorney in Vermont for immediate guidance and support.

What Should You Do After You Are in a Bicycle Accident?

Jeffrey J. Kratz, Esquire

When a bicycle accident occurs, you should get medical attention and file a police report. Then, contact our legal team for guidance in determining your options.

Allow our trusted, experienced, and dedicated team to support you through the following steps.

  • Get the medical care you need. Be sure to follow up with your doctor and continue on your treatment plan for any injuries you have. Focus heavily on ensuring your health and well-being are your priority.
  • Avoid posting anything on social media about what happened to minimize the risk of someone using that information against you.
  • Gather any witness information, photos, or data from the incident.
  • Only speak to the insurance adjusters or settle a claim once you talk to our team about your losses.
  • Hire an attorney from our team to start creating your claim for you. You can count on us to navigate the legal process one step at a time.

Without a doubt, we want you to recover from this incident. You do not want to settle your case for less and should not have to deal with insurance companies alone. Let our team handle this process instead. Contact our Vermont bicycle accident attorney now to discuss your case.

There are many instances in which a person will suffer significant injury after a car strikes them while on a bike. Simply put, bicyclists have no protection against fast-moving and heavy vehicles, which puts them at risk for substantial harm.

The location of the accident, the overall speed at which it occurs, the angle at which the vehicle strikes a bicyclist, and numerous other factors play a role in how bad the incident is.

Some of the most common bicycle accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken or shattered bones
  • Road rash
  • Lacerations and open wounds
  • Spinal column injuries
  • Disfiguring accidents
  • Amputations of limbs
  • Burns
  • Internal organ damage and bleeding

Many of these accidents carry the risk of complications, including infections and the need for multiple procedures to protect life and restore functionality of any affected body area. They can result in complicated recovery processes that take time.

Other times, a person may suffer losses that cannot fully improve, leading to long-term losses, including the inability to walk, communicate, work, or enjoy activities they once enjoyed.

Did Your Loved One Die in a Bicycle Accident?

Unfortunately, many bicycle accidents can be fatal, and these preventable deaths can be devastating for surviving family members.

If you are the immediate family member of a person who has died in such an accident, you must take steps now to get the support you need. Our wrongful death attorneys will work closely with you to ensure your right to pursue justice for your family member is always a priority.

What Damages Do You Deserve After a Bicycle Accident?

Michael J. Sabbeth in his Vermont Sabbeth Law Office

Personal injury law aims to provide a person with the financial compensation they need to become whole again. In cases like this, where the injuries are often very severe, it is impossible to expect to be healed fully and back to life in no time.

However, financial compensation may be available to you to cover the losses you do have, and while that does not make this right, it may give you the funds you need to pursue health and well-being.

You can obtain various types of damages in a case like this. Some of those damages include:

Economic Damages

Economic damages are those that typically have a value easily associated with them, including losses you have from the accident, such as:

  • Medical bills from emergency care, surgery, or hospitalization
  • Medical bills for follow-up and specialist care
  • Property damage losses
  • Medications and medical equipment
  • Expenses related to modifications to your home due to your new needs
  • Lost time and earnings from work

While you can prove past medical expenses and lost income with bills and statements, not every calculation of economic damages is simple.

For example, if you have permanent injuries and disabilities, you might require medical care and other assistance for years to come. You might also be permanently out of work or take a lower-paying job that your injuries allow you to perform.

Our attorneys know how to calculate future losses, as these should always be part of your claim. Often, these calculations require expert analysis, including economic, vocational, and medical experts. We have a network of trusted professionals who provide accurate analysis and opinions to prove future losses.

Non-economic Damages

Non-economic damages are more complex to calculate because there is no inherent financial value.

Some examples of non-economic losses include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and trauma
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of quality of life 
  • Loss of earning capacity

These intangible losses can vary widely from victim to victim, often depending on the injury’s severity. However, even seemingly minor injuries can cause lasting pain and suffering, so our firm will never underestimate the non-economic losses from any injury, even if it is not catastrophic.

Insurance companies regularly undervalue non-economic damages to reduce the overall amount of a settlement. Never trust their assessment; always have an experienced bicycle accident attorney from Sabbeth Law calculate all of your losses.

Punitive Damages

Sometimes, a judge may rule that you should receive punitive damages, often in severe cases involving reckless or intentional wrongful behavior, such as driving under the influence or other criminal acts. Punitive damages are only available through the court, and our attorneys can assess whether this is a consideration in your case.

How We Prove Your Losses

Attorney Michael J. Sabbeth with a Client

Our bicycle accident attorney in Vermont will work closely with you to fully understand what happened and why. Our team listens to you, gathers information, and then will guide you every step of the way. We never leave your side throughout this process – we are just a call away when there is a concern.

Consider some of the tools and strategies we offer to support our clients:

Evaluate the Cause of the Accident

Our attorneys will evaluate what occurred to determine why this happened to you. In many cases, this can provide insight into who is responsible. We also use this information as a tool to prove that the insurance company for the at-fault driver should pay for the losses you have.

Determine What your Losses are

Our legal team works with your doctor and medical experts to determine your losses. We can also use all the data you provide about your losses, including any costs you must pay out-of-pocket for those injuries, treatments, and property losses. We want to ensure we are correctly and accurately estimating the value of your losses.

Negotiate with the Insurance Company

We bring your case’s data and information to the table to create a comprehensive claim. This claim will outline your losses and how much money you should receive for them. Our legal team handles answering the insurance company’s questions, so you never feel pressured into making a statement that may not be accurate.

We Go to Court

In most situations, the insurance company will settle the claim with you. If they are unwilling to be fair about that compensation, we will seek comprehensive legal support and file a lawsuit against them. Our team has experience in court to fight for our client’s rights.

Our legal team is ready to help you. We understand that no two accidents are the same and that you deserve fair and equal individualized support throughout this process. We take these cases seriously, including in our estimation of your losses.

More so, we recognize that this is a struggle for you. We want you to focus heavily on getting the medical care you need and pursuing comprehensive support for your mental health after such a tragic accident. Let us handle the hard work of dealing with insurance companies and attorneys.

Set Up a Free Consultation with Our Bicycle Accident Attorney Now

Set up a free consultation with our Vermont personal injury lawyer to learn if you have a case and what your accident may be worth. Discuss your case with our experienced team to gather clear insight into your legal options. We will then provide you with the steps you can take to pursue maximum compensation for your losses.

Turn to Sabbeth Law now for a free consultation. Contact us for immediate help by calling (802) 392-2939. Let us get to work fighting for fair compensation in your case.

Michael J. Sabbeth, Esquire, Attorney for Bicycle Accident in Vermont
Michael J. Sabbeth, Esq.,
Vermont Bicycle Accident Attorney