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Southfield Bicycle Accident Attorney

 

Personal Injury Results

$15.3 MILLION | AUTO ACCIDENT (WAYNE COUNTY, MI)

$3 MILLION | PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT (INGHAM COUNTY, MI)

$2.1 MILLION | PREMISES LIABILITY (OAKLAND COUNTY, MI)

$2 MILLION | TRUCK ACCIDENT (OAKLAND COUNTY, MI)

$1.9 MILLION | AUTO ACCIDENT (WAYNE COUNTY, MI)

WE’VE ACHIEVED MILLION-DOLLAR RESULTS

Nearly One-Third of Bicycle
Accidents Involve Cars

We all try to avoid accidents of any kind, but in 2014 alone, Michigan saw 1,749 accidents involving bicyclists. It is important for cyclists to know their legal rights in case an accident occurs. While Michigan has a relatively small number of biking accidents each year compared to motor vehicle accidents, most of these accidents involve some form of injury and on average, 26.5 fatalities occur per year. Contact our team online or by phone at 248-458-4907 to schedule a free consultation today with our dedicated and seasoned personal injury attorneys.

Let Our Experienced Team Maximize Your Compensation

How Can We Help You?

Bicycling has become an ideal way to get around town, get to work or school, or exercise. Unfortunately, when bicycle accidents happen, your injuries can be substantial. Knowing what to do after a serious accident can be very confusing, especially since it may not be clear what your rights as a cyclist may be. At Goodman Acker, our Southfield bicycle accident lawyers know what you are going through and can assist you in sorting out all the complex legal issues and obtaining the compensation you deserve. Our experienced attorneys can help you with many issues, including:

  • Interviewing witnesses and examining evidence to preserve your claim.
  • Communicating with insurance companies so you don’t have to.
  • Providing strategic legal guidance to maximize recovery for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.

Due to the severe nature of injuries typically sustained in bicycle accidents, you will need an experienced Southfield bicycle accident lawyer to assist you in getting the best possible outcome for your case. Goodman Acker has a track record of obtaining large settlements and verdicts on behalf of its clients, including:

  • $1.9 million in a car accident in Wayne County
  • $15.3 million in a car accident in Wayne County
  • $3.0 million in a pedestrian accident in Ingram County
  • $2.0 million in a truck accident in Oakland County
  • $1.0 million in a bicycle accident in Macomb County
  • $750,000 in a bicycle accident in Wayne County

Why Choose Us?

When you are involved in a serious accident, you want to retain the help of a law firm with the experience, skill, and reputation you can rely upon. Barry J. Goodman, Esq. has led Goodman Acker into becoming a first-class law firm dedicated to representing people who have suffered injuries due to negligence or other wrongdoing. Throughout his 45 years of legal practice, Mr. Goodman has helped his injured clients recover millions of dollars to help them and their families regain their footing and get them the compensation they deserve. He does this with a great deal of hard work and tenacity.

Some highlights of Goodman Acker’s significant successes:

  • We have achieved a 99% success rate for concluded cases.
  • We have over 150 plus years of combined legal experience.
  • We have a proven track record of success and have won millions of dollars for our clients.
  • We are available 24/7 — Someone will always answer your call.
  • We offer free, no-obligation initial case evaluations and consultations.
  • We deliver a strongly personalized service to those who come to us for help.

Need further assurance? Here is just some of what our clients say about their Goodman Acker experiences:

  • “Wonderful Law firm. They have a VERY hard-working team who go above and beyond for their clients. Highly recommend.” – Kristina Rester
  • “I was hit by a drunk driver causing serious injury. My attorneys at Goodman Acker were always compassionate, helpful, hard-working, and a great team of lawyers. I was awarded $200K plus loss of wages and all medical expenses. Highly recommend. Thank you to all at Goodman Acker.” – Thomas Bender
  • “Goodman Acker was the right choice for me. They were quick to respond, responsible and professional throughout the process after I was involved in an auto accident. . .. My attorney was compassionate, understanding, listened to me always and was consistently fighting for me and my rights. I am completely satisfied and happy with my outcome.” – Ella Marlene Norman

FAQ About Bicycle Accidents

Common Questions for Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Southfield Michigan

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most bicycle accidents occur due to falls or collisions. In 2020 alone, 938 bicyclists died from accidents involving motor vehicles. These accidents are typically caused by distracted drivers who may not see the bicyclist as easily as they might see another car or truck. Poor road surface conditions or debris on the ground can also pose hazards that can cause a greater risk to bicyclists. In addition, careless drivers opening their car doors can cause bicyclists to fall or swerve into traffic to avoid the car door.

Unfortunately, bicyclists are susceptible to serious injury since they lack the protection that a car, truck, or other vehicle affords. Common injuries seen in bicycle accidents include:

  • Death
  • Multiple fractures
  • Head injury/traumatic brain injury
  • Severe bruising, abrasions, and lacerations
  • Facial injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal injury

Post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the costs of bicycle injuries and deaths from crashes typically exceed $23 billion in the United States each year. These costs include healthcare spending, lost work productivity, and estimated costs for lost quality of life and lives lost.

Working with a Southfield bicycle accident attorney can assist you in receiving no-fault insurance benefits after a bicycle accident when a motor vehicle is involved in the accident. These benefits typically include payment of:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Transportation expenses
  • Attendant care services
  • Household services
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage.

Determining which no-fault insurance company is responsible for providing you with benefits is imperative. Michigan has an Order of Priority for ascertaining which insurance company is responsible. Our experienced Southfield bicycle accident lawyers can assist in making this determination.

First, if you own your insured vehicle, your insurance will be responsible for paying benefits. If you don’t own an insured vehicle, the next responsible insurance company required to pay benefits is an insurance company providing coverage for a relative who lives in your same household. If neither of these scenarios applies, the insurance company for the driver who struck you is responsible for paying you benefits. If that driver is uninsured, our bicycle accident lawyers can file a claim with the Assigned Claims Facility.

An Application for No-Fault Insurance Benefits must be submitted to the proper insurance company within one year of the accident. There are also deadlines for submitting expenses and filing a lawsuit. This is why it is imperative that you contact our Southfield bicycle accident lawyers as soon as possible so that we determine which insurance company is required to pay your benefits and can assist you in filing a timely claim.

To determine the value of an individual’s case, our Southfield bicycle accident attorney will consider numerous variables, including (among others) the following:

  • the total medical expenses incurred to date
  • the entire anticipated future medical expenses
  • the total lost wages or earnings
  • the anticipated future lost wages or salaries
  • the severity of the physical or emotional injuries sustained
  • the injured person’s prognosis for recovery
  • non-monetary losses, including loss of quality of life, pain, permanent disability, and loss of a loved one
  • costs associated with damage to personal property.

To recover damages from an insurance company, our bicycle accident lawyers must submit proof of all injury and monetary damages. Therefore, it is essential to do the following:

  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Document all damage to your personal property, including your bicycle, helmet, clothing, phones, etc.
  • Keep detailed notes about your medical appointments and any tests or treatments prescribed.
  • Save all receipts for out-of-pocket expenses for doctor appointments, medications, etc.
  • Track all mileage or transportation expenses.
  • Call a Southfield, MI, Bicycle Accident Attorney at Goodman Acker at (248) 286-8100.

Let Us Help You!

Don’t put your legal issues on the back burner. Call our office at (248) 286-8100 for your free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced Southfield bicycle accident attorneys so that we can assist you in understanding everything necessary to advance your legal claim for benefits quickly and successfully. The experienced lawyers at Goodman Acker are committed to investigating every detail of your unique case and providing decisive counsel customized just for you and your legal needs so that you can obtain the compensation you deserve for the damages you sustained.

Attorney Barry Goodman

LEGALLY REVIEWED BY BARRY J. GOODMAN

Barry J. Goodman has devoted his professional life to keeping courthouse doors open for victims seeking justice. Always a tireless advocate for his own clients, Goodman sees his responsibility as a Detroit personal injury attorney in a broader sense as well. [ Attorney Bio ]

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