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Bicycle Accidents

HOLDING MOTORISTS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEVERE BICYCLE ACCIDENTS

Fatal bicycle accidents have plagued the United States for decades. The number of bicyclists seriously or fatally injured by a motor vehicle has increased over the past two years and is at its highest since 1995.

Bicycle accidents are largely preventable and due to the negligence and recklessness of motorists. Cyclists and bikers should not have to risk their lives in order to ride a bike on the roadways.

Injuries that can occur in a bicycle-automobile accident include:

UNITED STATES BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

  • In 2015, a total of 817 bicyclists were killed in crashes involving a motor vehicle
    • This number is the highest it has been since 1995 and a 13 percent increase from 2014
  • Bicyclist deaths represent two percent of all motor vehicle traffic crash deaths
  • 24 percent of bicyclist deaths occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • 70 percent of bicyclists were killed in urban areas
  • 35 percent of bicyclist deaths occurred at intersections

SIX BICYCLE SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORISTS

According to yieldtolife, here are a few tips for motorists to help keep bicyclists safe on the roadways.

  1. Treat bicyclists like other slow-moving cars on the roads. Cyclists are allowed to ride on the road.
  2. Be cautious while passing cyclists. Be sure you have ample space before doing so.
  3. Keep an eye out for bicyclists behind you while attempting right turns.
  4. When attempting a left turn, watch for bicyclists traveling in the opposite direction.
  5. Look for cyclists when backing out of your driveway.
  6. Before opening your car door after parallel parking, make sure no cyclists are approaching.

HOW DO BICYCLE ACCIDENTS OCCUR?

Bicycle accidents are oftentimes caused by inattentive, reckless, and negligent drivers. Bicyclists can suffer serious injuries when drivers:

  • Back out of driveways without looking for bicyclists
  • Turning (left or right) without checking for bicyclists approaching
  • Ignore traffic signs and speed limits
  • Fail to yield the right-of-way to bicyclists on the road
  • Drive drunk or impaired

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A BICYCLE ACCIDENT?

Your actions immediately following a bicycle accident are important. In the case of any motor vehicle accident, it is paramount that evidence is preserved and an experienced bicycle accident lawyer is contacted. If you have been in a bicycle accident, follow these five steps.

  1. File a police report. Even if you do not think you are injured at the time of the accident, you may feel the effects hours or days later.
  2. Obtain driver and witness contact information. Be sure to get this information even if police have already included it in their report.
  3. Document what happened. Take pictures at the scene. As soon as possible after the accident, write down everything you can remember about what happened.
  4. Preserve evidence. Don’t get your bike fixed or replace your helmet.
  5. Decide how to proceed. If you decide to hire an attorney, do not talk to any insurance company until you have spoken with your attorney.

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED BICYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident involving a motor vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced automobile and bicycle injury lawyers have handled a multitude of accident cases and have achieved record-breaking, real results for injured clients. We ensure that you are in the best position possible to achieve the maximum amount of compensation for your case. You can recover compensation for medical expenses, your pain and suffering, and lost wages form missing work. Our injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Contact us today for a free case review.

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