Chattanooga Lawyer for Cycling Accident Claims
Collisions and accidents involving cyclists can be devastating. The huge disparity in size between a car or truck and a bicycle or motorcycle means the cyclist nearly always suffers serious injuries in such accidents. In some instances, a motorist who sideswipes a cyclist keeps driving away, rather than stopping to render aid. Such hit-and-runs not only evidence a lack of basic human compassion on the part of the at-fault driver; they are illegal. In the case of a hit-and-run, a cyclist should consider making a claim under his or her own uninsured motorist insurance, which may provide coverage in cases where the identity of the at-fault driver is unknown.
If you have been injured due to an "old style" drainage grate on a public road (the kind of grate with openings parallel to the roadway, instead of perpendicular), you may have a claim against the State of Tennessee or the city or county in which the accident occurred. The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently held that the State is 100% liable for a cyclist's injuries caused when her front wheel became stuck in an "old style" drainage grate, causing her to be thrown from her bicycle.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident and would like to speak to an attorney about your rights, please contact me or request a free evaluation of your claim.