As residents of Charlotte, we are spoiled with weather that is suitable for cycling most days of the year. Rain or shine, bicyclists can be found riding the infamous “booty loop” in Myers Park. With such a temperate climate, it means riders are at a constant risk of injury due to negligent motor vehicle drivers, and with bicycle accidents representing 2.2% of all traffic fatalities, North Carolina exceeds the national average (2%).
Charlotte bicycle accident lawyer Herb Auger, who can often be found riding the trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Colonel Francis Beatty Park, and other local roadways, is well aware that bicyclists stand only a small chance when it comes to traffic accidents with another vehicle. “With no protection against motor vehicles, we see a lot of cycling accident victims with serious or sometimes fatal injuries. My experience in this area of law and reputation in the cycling community has given me the edge when it comes to bike accident cases whether it be in understanding my client, dealing with the insurance carrier or presenting the case to a jury,” attorney and founding partner Herb Auger states.
The Charlotte bike accident attorneys at Auger & Auger have been helping people injured in bicycle accidents for over 20 years. We recently settled a bicycle accident case for $1,400,000 for a young man who sustained fractures and head injuries when struck by a car that made a sudden left turn in front of his direction of travel. We can help you recover damages for medical treatment, property damage, medical bills, and lost wages. If you or a loved one was injured in a bike accident, call to speak to one of our experienced Charlotte bike accident attorneys. The consultation is free as well as confidential. We will go over your case, injuries, and discuss your rights and options.
The City of Charlotte is scrambling to make the community safer for cyclists; however, lawmakers always seem to have funding problems. Until the city adds more bike lanes, bicyclist safety awareness is essential to preventing a serious bike accident. The following lists a few ways to stay safe on your bicycle:
Mecklenburg County has the highest bicycle crash rate in North Carolina. Between the years 2006 and 2010, there were 605 bike accidents in Mecklenburg County. At Auger & Auger, we have been fighting for victims’ rights for the past 20 years and have helped many Charlotte-area cyclists recover from their injuries. For more information, contact Auger & Auger for your free consultation.