Have you been injured in a bicycle accident? Was the accident caused by the negligence of an automobile driver? Were you seriously injured? Did the accident leave you with some type of permanent disability?
If you were seriously injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by the negligence of an automobile driver, you may be entitled to compensation for things, such as medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. However, the only way to get the compensation you deserve is with the help of a personal injury attorney. The right thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
A survey that was conducted by Breakaway Research Group for People for Bikes indicates that around 100 million Americans bike each year. The study also indicated that about 14 million Americans bike at least twice a week.
The tragic fact is that hundreds of bicyclists are killed each year in traffic accidents. Federal statistics show that 722 bicyclists were killed in 2012. This was an increase of 6% from 2011 and 16% from 2010.
Around one-third of all bicycle accidents occur with an automobile. In many of these accidents, the bicyclist is fatally injured because of having almost no protection.
Laws of the road
A bicycle accident may be caused by the negligence of the bicyclist. A bicyclist may not have been obeying the laws of the road. Or, a bicyclist may not have been exercising their duty of ordinary care in regard to their own safety or that of others on the roadway.
However, in many instances, it is the negligence of an automobile driver that results in a bicycle accident. This may happen for several different reasons, which include:
An automobile driver turning directly in front of a bicycle rider
An automobile driver’s inattentiveness
An automobile driver who is impaired by drugs or alcohol
An automobile driver who does not yield the right of way at an intersection
An automobile driver who does not stop at a stop sign or a traffic light
An automobile driver who does not look both ways
An automobile driver who enters into traffic from a driveway or parking spot directly in front of a bicycle rider.
As mentioned earlier, injuries sustained by a bicyclist in a bicycle accident with an automobile are often fatal. If you have survived a bicycle accident with an automobile, you are very fortunate.
However, you may have sustained serious, even disabling injuries as a result of the accident. Some possible injuries include:
Severe head injuries
Traumatic brain injuries
Broken bones and fractures
Severe cuts and lacerations
Face and/or eye injuries
Neck and back injuries
Hip and knee injuries
Again, if you have suffered serious and/or disabling injuries in a bicycle accident that was due to the negligence of an automobile driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The right thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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