With an increasing effort to “go green,” an increased number of people ride a bicycle to go to work or school. People and cities are now advocating, more than ever, to increase the amount of bike lanes in public streets to allow bicyclists a “safe zone” to get from point A to point B. This results in increase in bicycles on the road, which unfortunately also goes hand-in-hand with an increase in bicycle-related accidents. While bicyclists can do several things to avoid accidents, accidents involving bicyclists are often unavoidable.
In any collision with a car or a truck, bicyclists have little protection against bodily harm and even death. The victims of such bicycle accidents often suffer significant injuries and necessary medical care. Although insurance policies normally cover damages and medical costs incurred for those driving motor vehicles, these insurance policies are limited. However, when these policies are inadequate or insufficient to cover the damages incurred, any ensuing medical expenses must be paid by the victim.
Drivers of motor vehicles must pay careful attention to bicyclists due to their larger mass and speed. Bicyclists are small in comparison and are often difficult to see, which makes them more prone to accidents. Drivers today are more distracted than ever while driving with the massive availability of MP3 players, portable DVD players, cell phones, and iPads. A distracted and negligent driver can easily crash into a bicyclist and ruin his/her life.
Bicycle accidents usually occur when motorists fail to appreciate the presence a bicyclist on the shoulder of the road or at an intersection. Consequently, a negligent car or truck driver, or motorcyclist, often deny any responsibility in causing a bicycle accident. However, by doing the proper analysis of the scene of the accident and interviewing potential eyewitnesses, it is possible to determine whether a car or truck driver, or even motorcyclist, could have – and should have – seen a bicyclist or pedestrian. When needed, our attorneys at Car Accident Hotline work with experienced accident investigators who recreate the accident and analyze evidence gathered at the scene of the accident.
Head, neck, and spinal cord injuries create substantial costs for victims and their families. If you have been injured while riding a bicycle, we strongly recommend that you contact us now to ensure that your receive the compensation you need and deserve. We will fight hard for you to recover the costs associated with your injuries, whether that be physical therapy, surgery, medical equipment, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A car hit me and I am hurt. What should I do next?
A quick checklist of things to do after a bicycle accident:
- Write down as much information as possible about the accident.
- Scan your vicinity. If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their contact info.
- Gather and preserve evidence. This includes any photos or videos at the scene of the accident, the torn and bloody clothing you were wearing, or a medical journal detailing your physical injuries and pain.
- Get immediate medical treatment. This is important for your well-being and to document the physical trauma you have suffered.
- Contact an experienced injury attorney to immediately begin your claim.
Are bicycle accidents treated like normal car accidents?
A bicycle accident should not be treated the same as a crash between motor vehicles. Bicyclists are way more likely to sustain significant injuries in a collision (or death), than a motor vehicle driver or passenger who is protected by the metal sheets of a car. The injuries in accidents involving bicyclists are often catastrophic and require more financial resources for the victim to recover or resume life as normally as possible.
I was injured in a hit-and-run. What should I do?
Call the police immediately. The police will arrive at the scene, investigate and create a report. Provide as much information as possible about the vehicle, make, model, color and license plate. You should then hire an experienced attorney to conduct a thorough investigation of the scene of the accident, and determine if there are any clues that can lead to the hit-and-run driver.
I was hit while riding my bicycle, but I don't think I suffered any major injuries. What should I do?
It is common for severe injuries to first manifest hours or days after the accident. Inflammation/swelling can create a lot of pain and cause the victim to seek bed rest. You need to get checked out by a medical doctor.
An experienced attorney will help you protect your legal rights, such as negotiating with the insurance company or filing a timely lawsuit.
What damages are recoverable in an accident involving a bicyclist?
In seeking a claim for injuries to a pedestrian, the goal is to place the entire financial burden of an injury or death on at-fault party. Pedestrians can be compensated for the following:
- Medical bills
- Cost of rehabilitation
- Resulting disability
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Additional damages may be available depending on the unique circumstances of the case. In some instances, loss of enjoyment life or loss of consortium may apply and entitle the victim to further compensation.
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