Even Cyclists Can be the Victims of Aggressive Drivers

By USClaims

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“Anna” (not a real person) loved to ride her bike. She always took her rides in the early morning, both to take advantage of the cooler weather and to avoid heavy traffic. One Sunday morning, the temperature was a balmy 60 degrees, but the other part of her plan didn’t go nearly as well.

Around the midway point of her ride, Anna was pedaling down a two-lane highway. There was no oncoming traffic and ample room to pass in the other lane, but that didn’t deter one surly driver from coming up from behind and honking his horn at her.

Anna knew that local laws permitted bicyclers the full use of a lane – there were even signs posted along the road saying as much – so she simply tried to wave the driver around. When that had no effect, she slowed and started to pull over to the side.

She didn’t move quickly enough. As soon as Anna started to move over, the driver surged ahead, clipping the back wheel of Anna’s bike. It wasn’t a heavy impact, but it didn’t need to be. Anna lost control and was sent sprawling onto the shoulder.

Fortunately, Anna wore a helmet, but her shoulder wasn’t as well-protected. It was dislocated, and she suffered numerous other cuts and bruises. Her expensive bike was also a mess, the back wheel bent and the handlebar crooked from where it had slammed into the ground.

The driver at least had the courtesy to stop, though he berated Anna for “hogging the road.” Still stunned from her accident and just wanting to go home, Anna let him rant and grudgingly exchanged contact information. A few days after the accident, she sued the driver for the damages to her body and her bike.

Naturally, the driver felt he had done nothing wrong and claimed that Anna had braked suddenly, causing the accident. Her suit was going nowhere and the bills were starting to pile up. That was when her lawyer suggested she contact USClaims to seek pre-settlement funding for her day-to-day expenses as she pursued her auto accident lawsuit.

At USClaims, we don’t offer litigation loans or litigation financing; we offer pre-settlement funding. We purchase a portion of the proceeds of an anticipated court settlement or judgment. That means injured people and their families will never be at financial risk of having to pay back a high-cost loan if their civil suit is unsuccessful. USClaims gets paid only if the plaintiff wins the case or reaches a settlement.

If you’re having trouble meeting your expenses while waiting for a legal settlement or a judgment related to a car crash, call USClaims today at 1-877-USCLAIMS.