Bike Accident Attorneys
More people are taking up bicycling as a form of exercise, recreation, and transportation. In fact, from 2010 to 2012, the number of people who commute to work on their bike increased 64%. Unfortunately, with the increase in cyclists on the road, crashes between cyclists and cars, trucks, buses, and other automobiles are becoming more common. Predictably, cyclists are much more likely to be seriously hurt or killed in a collision than motorists.
While bicyclists have the same rights to the roads as those operating cars and trucks, many cyclists may feel as though the cars with whom they share the streets are dangerously unaware of this shared right. When a cyclist is injured or killed due to the fault of another, the cyclist and his or her family may be eligible to pursue compensation through a lawsuit. A Statesman Law Group bicycle accident lawyer can help cyclists injured by the negligence of others receive maximum compensation for their injuries.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries and, tragically, over 1,000 bicyclist deaths, in the United States in 2015. Data from 2010 show fatal and non-fatal bicycle-related crash injuries result in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $10 billion. According to information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), major risk factors of bicycle accidents include:
- In 2015, 96% of the bicyclists killed were involved in single-vehicle crashes.
- Adults who are aged 50 to 59 years have the highest bicycle death rates.
- Children aged 5 to 14 and adolescents aged 15-19 have the highest rates of nonfatal bicycle-related injuries, which reportedly accounts for over one-third of all bicycle-related injuries in U.S. emergency rooms.
- The majority of bicycle fatalities occur in urban areas (70%) as opposed to rural areas (30%).
- Most bike fatalities occurred at non-intersections (61%); 3 percent occur in bicycle lanes.
- Males are six percent more likely to be killed and are injured four times more often on bicycles than females.
- Thirty-seven percent of bicycle deaths involved alcohol in 2015.
- The most serious injuries sustained in bike crashes are to the head, highlighting the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Although bicycle accidents may result from a product defect in the bike itself like faulty brakes, poorly designed tires, a weak frame, or other flaws, most bike accidents are caused by motorist inattention. Some of the most common causes of bicycle crashes include:
- Drivers and passengers opening car doors in front of moving bicyclists.
- Vehicles making left turns in front of bicycles before checking their blind spots
- Vehicles passing too closely
- Drivers failing to see bicyclists in blind spots
- Vehicles failing to look closely before pulling out of a side street or parking lot
- Vehicles cutting off cyclists on the right side in what is known as “right hook” accidents
- Drivers and riders driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drivers driving while distracted
- Motorists failing to see a bike with poor reflective gear
Safety Reminders to Prevent Bike Accidents
It’s important to ride your bike defensively and adhere to the following safety tips to minimize the frequency and severity of accidents.
- Always wear a helmet. All bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent serious injury resulting from a bike crash.
- Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators; Obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
- When cycling in the street, always ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Increase your visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and dusk. To be noticed when riding at night, use a front light and a red reflector or flashing rear light, and use retroreflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing.
- Use hand signals to indicate turns.
- Avoid cycling on sidewalks.
Determining the Settlement Value of a Bike Accident Settlement
It is hard to predict the value of bike accident settlements because the amount of compensation depends on a number of factors, including:
- The type and severity of the injuries sustained
- How much time was missed at work as result of the injuries
- If the negligent driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- The circumstances of the accident
- If the cyclist followed all relevant bicycle laws
- Where the accident took place
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, Call Statesman Law Group will help you accurately calculate all the losses and harms you may have suffered during your free case review.
How Statesman Law Group Can Help Victims of Bicycle Accidents
When negligence results in injury, an injured party suffers loss in various ways. The law allows an injured party to pursue damages to recover those losses. We encourage victims of negligence and their families to seek the counsel of a Statesman Law Group bicycle accident lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies. A lawyer should speak with witnesses, analyze police reports, uncover video footage if possible, and reconstruct the accident. Your lawyer can also help by:
- Negotiating settlements with the insurance company.
- Preparing your case for trial from the beginning, even if it never gets to that point.
- Filing all of the necessary paperwork and ensuring all deadlines are met.
- Answering all of your questions and supporting you throughout the entire process.
Contact Statesman Law Group today to learn more about how a bicycle accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We are here to help you.