When motor vehicle accidents are discussed the focus is usually on collisions between vehicles. While the number of car accidents throughout the United States has grown at an alarming rate, few are aware of the rising number of cycling accidents. Cyclist deaths currently account for 2.4% of all motor vehicle related fatalities. Approximately 75% of these fatalities occur in urban areas with most accidents occurring between dawn and dusk. As the number of injuries and deaths continues to increase at a steady rate, it is important to learn about the overlooked reality of cycling accidents.
Cycling Accident Causes
The most common and dangerous type of accident a cyclist can get into is a collision with a car. Since the profile of a bike is even smaller than a motorcycle (another mode of transportation prone to accidents), the driver of a larger vehicle is less likely to notice the cyclist. Most accidents occur when a driver makes a left turn into the path of a cyclist that he or she did not see. Cyclists are also injured when drivers attempt to pass a cyclist on the left and misjudge the distance, causing the driver to veer directly into the cyclist’s path. Drivers suddenly opening car doors or misjudging the distance between their vehicle and a bicycle in front of them also accounts for many collisions.
Types of Injury
A cyclist does not have much physical protection from a multi-ton vehicle. That is one reason that fatalities are so high when a cyclist is hit by a motor vehicle. Cyclists are usually thrown from their bikes, causing serious damage, especially if they are thrown into the path of oncoming traffic. A cyclist who is involved in an accident might incur brain or spinal cord injuries, damage to internal organs, and concussions. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, a person could spend years recovering or end up completely paralyzed.
Depending on the seriousness of the accident, you or your loved one may be able to receive compensation after a cycling accident. If your injury was caused by the negligence of someone else, it is possible to recover money spent on medical treatment, lost wages if you missed work as a result of your injuries, payment for future medical expenses, and compensation for lost earning capacity caused by disability or a long recovery. A person who loses a loved one through a cycling accident may be able to receive compensation through a wrongful death claim.
Get Legal Advice
If you or someone close to you was recently injured in a cycling accident, the law office of Brassel Alexander, LLC can provide you with the legal representation you deserve. We are ready to review your situation and support you through every step of your claim. Our legal team takes your loss seriously, and we provide you with the aggressive representation that you deserve. Contact our office today at 443.837.9800 to schedule an initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.