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Injured in a Bicycle Accident?

Skilled Tangipahoa Parish Bike Crash Lawyers

When you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, it is very important that you consult an experienced Tangipahoa Parish injury attorney right away. Here at Anderson Boutwell Traylor, we aggressively pursue personal injury and wrongful death claims on behalf of individuals who have been injured by negligent drivers on the road. Bicyclists are afforded the same rights as other drivers, and drivers are expected to respect these rights. When drivers fail to yield to bicycles or pay attention to their presence, it can lead to very catastrophic injuries, mainly for the bicyclist.

Bicycle accidents are often caused by:

  • Drivers ignoring right-of-way laws
  • Environmental and road hazards
  • Drivers failing to check blind spots for bicyclists
  • Drivers driving under the influence

Learn more about what your rights are and whether you are eligible to file a personal injury claim against the liable parties.

Have questions about your case? Arrange a free case consultation to discuss your matter.

Louisiana Bicycle Laws

Getting hit by a car, or otherwise injured while riding a bicycle can be detrimental. Bicycle laws exist to help keep both bicyclists and drivers safe. First, if you are going to share the road with motorists, you must be aware of the proper hand and arm signals, so you can signal to drivers your intentions.

Hand signals include:

  • Turning Left: hold your left arm out horizontally, with your hand open and palm facing forward
  • Turning Right: hold either arm up at a 45-degree angle (upper arm is horizontal, bent at the elbow with your forearm pointing up), hand open and palm facing forward.
  • Stopping or Slowing Down: Similar to a right turn signal, except point your forearm downward
  • Pulling Out from Curb: same signal as turning left

Proper equipment is also required by law, including working brakes, using lamps (red in the rear, white in the front) in poor visibility conditions (such as night time or in rain, fog, or tunnels), and having working reflectors mounted on the rear of the bike to make it easily visible to motorists.

There are also specific laws outlining the safe operation of a bicycle, including:

  • You must ride on a bicycle seat
  • You must ride as near as possible to the far right side of the roadway
  • You must ride with at least one hand on the handlebars at all times
  • You cannot ride with more passengers than the bicycle is designed to hold
  • You cannot attach your bicycle or yourself to any vehicles on the road
  • Riding a bicycle on the interstate is strictly prohibited
  • No more than two bicycle riders side-by-side, except on a designated bike path or lane

If you are going to ride on the roadway, in general, all rules of the road must be followed as if you were operating a vehicle. However, you are allowed to ride in the shoulder, whereas a car cannot. Drivers are expected by law to exercise due care when passing a bike rider and are also prohibited by law from harassing, taunting, or maliciously throwing objects at bicycle riders.

Over 60 Years of Proven Advocacy

It is very important to visit a doctor or medical professional right away after you have been in a bicycle accident, even if your injuries seem minor. The reason why this is so important is that immediately after an accident, victims are usually in shock and are not fully aware of their injuries. Visit a doctor so you can be fully examined for any brain injuries or other nonvisible injuries. Having your injuries documented may also help improve your case. Our attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that no insurance company tries to take advantage of you.

Everyone deserves justice. If you would like to speak with us about your case, feel free to call us for a free consult. Our services are on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay us after we settle a case.

Reach our firm by calling (985) 796-2245 to learn how we can help.

Millions Recovered for Our Clients

  • $12 Million Multiple Victims of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Intersectional Crash
  • $4 Million Mother and Daughter Headed Home from School Hit From Behind by Concrete Truck
  • $3 Million Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Settled in Court
  • $1 Million Doe v. Doe, 05/09
  • $900 Thousand Elderly Man Hit From Behind By Dump Truck on Interstate
  • $750 Thousand Elderly Man Hit by Commercial Truck in Private Parking Lot
  • $750 Thousand Retiree Hit By Eighteen-Wheeler

  • We NEVER Represent Insurance Companies!

  • No Upfront or Out-of-Pocket Fees

  • Helping Injured People for 60 Years Combined

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