An Alaska Injury Facts Report indicates that bicycle accidents accounted for 10% of all serious transportation-related injuries among Alaska residents in 2016. Traffic crashes involving motorists and bicyclists often leave the cyclist with the most significant injuries. If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent party, you may be entitled to recover damages by filing a personal injury claim.
The Syren Law Offices is dedicated to offering experienced legal guidance and compassionate representation to bicycle accident victims and their families. Attorney Les Syren can review all the details of your situation and help you understand your available options to pursue damages. As an experienced Alaska personal injury attorney, he will fight vigorously to protect your rights and help seek fair financial compensation for your injuries.
Syren Law Offices proudly serves clients across Anchorage, Alaska, and surrounding areas of Palmer, Wasilla, Kenai Peninsula, Kotzebue, Bethel, Utqiaġvik, and Fairbanks. Reach out today to schedule a free consultation.
The moments following a bicycle accident can be confusing to deal with. However, what you do or do not do can significantly affect the outcome of your personal injury claim. Here are the steps to take after being injured in a bicycle accident:
Get to safety
Call 911 to get immediate medical attention for your injuries
Report the accident to law enforcement
Gather relevant information, including the other driver's name, license details, phone number, and insurance information
Document evidence, including police reports, witness statements and testimonies, and accident scene photos
Document all of your medical treatments, hospital bills, and doctor's appointments
Document your personal account of the incident and how it has affected your life
Inform your insurance provider about the bicycle accident
Hire a knowledgeable attorney to help negotiate a fair settlement or file a personal injury claim
Here are some Alaska traffic laws pertaining to cyclists:
Always ride in the direction of traffic
Cyclists should keep to the right of the road
Cyclists are subject to the same traffic rules and regulations that apply to other motorists
Bicycle riders must walk their bicycle across busy streets or crosswalks
When riding at night, cyclists must use headlights and a red tail light or reflector
Cyclists must keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times when riding
Cyclists under 15 years of age must wear helmets when riding
Alaska is an "at-fault" state. Under this system, the at-fault party will be held responsible for injuries, damages, and other losses suffered by the accident victim. If you were injured in an Alaska bicycle accident, you can:
File an injury claim with your own insurance carrier
File a third-party claim directly with the at-fault party's insurance company
File a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party in civil court
Alaska operates using a "pure comparative negligence" rule. Under this principle, even if you were partially or mostly at fault for the crash, you may still sue for damages and seek fair compensation. However, the amount of damages you can recover will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
For example, if a total compensation of $50,000 was awarded for your injuries against the at-fault party, but the judge found that you were 10% responsible for the bicycle accident, your total damages will be reduced by $5,000. Therefore, you can only recover 90% of the $50,000 ($45,000). Even if you were 99% responsible for the accident, you would still be eligible to recover some amount of compensation.
According to Alaska Statutes Section 09.10.070, a person may not bring an action for any injury to the person or rights of another, unless the action is commenced within two years. This means that an action to recover damages for personal injury must be filed within two years from the date of the accident.
Additionally, an action to recover damages for damage to personal property must be commenced within six years (Alaska Statutes Section 09.10.050(3)).
Getting injured in a bicycle accident can be difficult and devastating. Such an incident can affect your physical, mental, and financial well-being. You don't have the face these challenges alone. When involved in a bicycle accident, consulting with an experienced Alaska personal injury attorney is crucial to protect your rights and help you pursue fair compensation.
For more than 30 years, Syren Law Offices has been handling personal injury cases and protecting the rights of victims, including people injured in bicycle accidents. As your legal counsel, attorney Les Syren can evaluate all the facts of your case, conduct a thorough investigation, and gather relevant information and documentation.
Additionally, Les will work to prove fault, establish liability, and estimate case value. He will fight diligently to protect your rights and help pursue fair financial compensation to cover medical expenses, lost income and benefits, future medical treatment, or pain and suffering. Having a knowledgeable attorney on your side can make a big difference in the outcome of your personal injury lawsuit.
If you or someone close to you was injured in a bicycle accident, contact Syren Law Offices to schedule a free consolation. Attorney Les Syren can offer you the legal guidance, assistance, and aggressive representation you need. The firm is proud to serve clients throughout Anchorage, Alaska, and the surrounding areas of Palmer, Wasilla, Kenai Peninsula, Kotzebue, Bethel, Utqiaġvik, and Fairbanks, Alaska.