Bicycle Accident Info and Tips
About two bicyclists die every day in the United States in motor vehicle accidents. In fact, more than 700 cyclists die every year in car crashes, and another 50,000 are injured. The most surprising fact about this data is that it severely underestimates the true number of riders hurt each year, possibly only representing about 10 percent of the number of accidents and injuries that happen annually. *source
Motor vehicles are only part of the problem, as the six most common reasons for cyclist injuries show:
- Motor vehicles – 29 percent
- Fall – 17 percent
- Roadway/walkway disrepair – 13 percent
- Rider error – 13 percent
- Bicycle crash/collision – 7 percent
- Dog/animal – 4 percent
Within those reasons for injuries and deaths are causal factors which include:
- Aggressive driving
- Road conditions
- Environmental conditions
- Right of way violations
- Ignorance of proper riding or driving laws
- Drugs and alcohol
The best way to arm yourself against negligence and other dangers is to know your legal rights. These including filing for compensation for your accident. This compensation should help you recover your property as well as cover current and future medical bills from your accident injuries. Compensation is especially important in cases where the victim suffered severe injuries such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury and is expected to incur significant future medical costs.
It’s no secret that insurance companies try to minimize the amounts they have to pay out in settlements, and it’s common for an accident victim with severe injuries to receive an unreasonable settlement that doesn’t even cover their medical costs.
If you are going to file a crash lawsuit, it is important that you get medical attention after the incident. Even if you don’t think you are injured, you might still be. Shock and adrenaline can prevent you from feeling the pain of injuries until much later. Your attorney will need a copy of the medical report to include in your lawsuit.
Family members of bicyclists who were fatally injured in an accident have been shocked and offended by settlements offered by insurance companies. When this happens, the victims’ families may be better off filing a wrongful death claim.
If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident, having to worry about medical costs, bills, daily living costs, and supporting yourself and your family will only slow recovery and healing. Fortunately, financial compensation may be available to you for your injuries, suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Fill out the form for a free consultation and learn more about how to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.