Experienced Mississippi Accident Attorneys Representing Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Fighting to get justice for injured riders and pedestrians across the Gulf Coast region
On most Mississippi streets, cyclists and pedestrians have just as much right to access the roadways as passenger vehicles, trucks, and motorcycles. From shopping in downtown Tupelo to biking on the streets of Biloxi, pedestrians and bicyclists frequently use the area’s most popular roadways. Unfortunately, when vehicle operators fail to exercise reasonable care, they can cause great injury to vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians. These accidents require strong legal action from a law firm of experienced Mississippi vehicle accident attorneys.
At Merkel & Cocke, P.A., we know how to get the results you need. For more than three decades, our lawyers have fought for the rights of injury victims. We have the resources and knowledge to thoroughly research cyclist and pedestrian accidents to build compelling legal cases. We have obtained considerable verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, including a six-figure settlement for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, who sustained permanent brain damage.
Pedestrian accidents have serious consequences
As reported by the Mississippi Department of Transportation, more than 4,700 pedestrian fatalities occurred in the United States during 2012. In addition, unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death nationally for children ages 5 to 19. These statistics represent a serious problem on our roadways, placing pedestrians at great risk of death or serious injury. Many of these tragedies are completely avoidable if drivers operate their vehicles in an appropriate manner, avoid distractions, and follow the speed limit. For example, if a pedestrian is struck by a car traveling at 40 mph, the risk of fatality is 85%. This risk of danger falls to 45% at 30 mph and 5% when the vehicle is traveling at 20 mph.
The lawyers of Merkel & Cocke believe that injured pedestrians deserve compensation for the harms they endure. We use our skills and knowledge to practice law with a team approach. Each client benefits from more than 200 years of collective legal experience when working with our seasoned injury attorneys.
Common injuries caused by bicycle accidents
While many Mississippi localities have made strides towards promoting bike safety on the roadways, cyclists are still at risk of serious injury. This is because car and truck drivers all too often fail to exercise care, particularly when driving distracted or intoxicated. When bicyclists are struck by vehicles, the resulting injuries are often severe, including such harms as:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Back injuries
- Organ damage
- Permanent scarring
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Our skilled team of attorneys has seen numerous cyclist injury cases. We understand how fast medical bills can accumulate, with necessary treatments, rehabilitation, and lasting psychological challenges. These financial difficulties are further complicated when a victim is no longer able to work. That is why we fight to get you a fair settlement or verdict.
Call us today to discuss your legal options after a Mississippi bike or pedestrian accident
If you were injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, the driver’s insurance company may offer a quick and low-value settlement. They may even blame you for your injuries in an attempt to deny any compensation. Do not make the mistake of accepting an inadequate offer. Contact the legal team of Merkel & Cocke for reliable legal guidance from reputable lawyers. We serve clients from our home office in Clarksdale, assisting injured parties throughout Mississippi, including Tupelo, Jackson, and across the Gulf Coast region. We also handle vehicle accident cases in Tennessee and Arkansas. Call us today at 662-799-1633 or complete our online contact form. Your first consultation is free.