Sharing the road with cars is gaining popularity as people want to get some additional exercise, save on fuel costs and reduce harmful pollution to the environment, but it’s also slightly dangerous for those who choose to forgo four wheels for two. Too many motorist don’t understand the rules of the road, both written law and common courtesy.
Bicycle injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to permanent disability, and in unfortunate events, even death. Even if you’re in the former group, with few or no noticeable injuries, you need to seek legal counsel once you’ve been seen by a doctor. A lot of accident related injuries don’t appear right away, rather they take weeks or months to show up. This could be joint pain, bone fractures or muscle soreness and will require medical care. For those who don’t report the bicycle injury their chances of getting a settlement that will pay for their care are very slim. If you’ve already established a medical and paper trail, you have a better chance of success.
Causes for Bicycle Accidents and Injuries
Most accidents occur during non-rush hour times and are because of negligence on the drivers part. Common causes for bicyclist injury, and sometimes death, are when the driver of the vehicle:
- Opens a door and hits the bicyclist.
- Turns in front of the bicyclist.
- Drives too close to the bicyclist.
- Runs a stoplight or stop sign.
- Pulls out on to the road without checking for traffic.
Prevent Bicycle Injuries
While bicycle injuries typically are the fault of the motor vehicle driver, there are things bicyclists can do to better protect themselves on the road. Always wear a helmet to prevent head injury if hit and thrown off the bike. Keep the bicycle in good repair, making sure breaks are working before heading out on the road. This ensures you can stop quickly if need be. Finally, while it won’t protect you from a bicycle accident or injury, keep identification and a family members phone number with you at all times. This can expedite admission to a hospital and being able to notify your family if you are injured.
Hire A Bicycle Injury Attorney
At Howell & Johnson, LLC, we’ve handled hundreds of bicycle injury accepting and know the rights of bicyclists and laws that protect them. If you or a loved one have been injured while on a bicycle, contact us so that we can start working on your case to get you the compensation which you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get your case started.