Even the most cautious cyclist who takes extra care to follow the rules of the road can be injured or killed in a bicycle accident.
Bicycle riding is more than just a recreational activity in America. For many, a bicycle serves as transportation or even a major component of their daily health and fitness regime. Unfortunately, because bicycle riders often share the roadways with motor vehicles and pedestrians, serious accidents resulting in injury or wrongful death can and do occur, requiring the involvement of an experienced bicycle accident lawyer at Sommers Schwartz.
Recent statistics tell us that more than 50,000 cyclists are injured each year in accidents with motor vehicles, that nearly 20% of those who were injured are younger than the age of 14, and that one bicyclist is fatally injured in the U.S. every six hours, with the majority of these deaths brought on by severe head injuries. These are staggering statistics and a sobering reminder of the danger that every person takes when they get on a bicycle as an alternative mode of transportation.
Even the most cautious cyclists who take extra care to follow the rules of the road can still be injured or killed by inattentive or reckless drivers. These injuries can be devastating for the victims and their families, creating extensive physical injury, emotional distress, and expensive financial obligations and hardship that can forever alter their lives.
So what are the main causes?
- Drinking – a recent report indicates alcohol plays a contributing role in almost a third of all fatalities in bicycle accidents.
- Bicyclists driving down the wrong side of the road
- Drivers cutting cyclists off while making a left hand turn
- Driver opening their door directly in front of cyclist
Accidents may also result from unsafe road conditions, defective or faulty equipment on the bike or helmet, other cyclists riding in a group, and collisions with pedestrians or stationary objects. The ensuing injuries can include serious head trauma and brain damage, concussions, broken bones, “road rash,” spinal cord injuries, scarring, soft tissue damage, and paralysis.
What to Do If You’ve Been in a Bicycle Accident
If you or someone you love was involved in a serious bicycle accident, there are steps you must take to preserve the facts surrounding the accident. Do not discard, wash, or fix the bike. Ask for any witnesses to write down their accounts as soon as possible. And most important, immediately seek the assistance of a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer at Sommers Schwartz.
Sommers Schwartz is a sophisticated litigation firm devoted to helping injured plaintiffs recover the damages they deserve. Our experienced attorneys can analyze your case and aggressively fight for just compensation, including lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident – regardless of the cause – contact us today to learn how we can help.