A Bicycle Accident Lawyer is Cruicial After an Injury
In the United States many people ride bicycles for transportation, exercise, and enjoyment. Car drivers must share the road and follow rules of the road, always watching out for bicyclists. Bicyclists wear protective gear and attempt to follow the rules of the road. Unfortunately, riders are injured every day due to negligent driving.
Casuses of Bicycle Accidents
Bike accidents can be caused by a number of factors, some of them being:
- DUI Drivers;
- Failure by a driver to stop for a red traffic light or stop sign;
- Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way;
- Obstructed visibility for the driver;
- Improper left or right handed turn;
- Passing of a bicyclist when the lane is too narrow;
- Drivers pulling out of a driveway or parking lot without looking to see if a bicyclist is coming; and
- Opening car doors without first looking behind them.
The Numbers Behind Bike Accidents
In 2011, 580,000 people were sent to the emergency room in the United States due to a bicycle accident. Many of these injuries are severe, due to a bicyclist having little protection compared to drivers. It is important for all bicyclists to protect themselves as much as possible. A helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment. In 2008, close to 91% of all bicycle fatalities were by those who were not wearing a helmet. Some of these bicycle fatalities may have been prevented had a helmet been worn. Check out some more tips on bicycle safety.
Drivers must be observant while operating their vehicles and share the road with bicyclists. While many cities have designated bicycle lanes, drivers still do not give bicyclists the respect and courtesy to safely ride. If you are a bicyclist who has been involved in an accident with an automobile, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney.
Contact An Experienced Bicycle Accident Lawyer Now
At the Law Offices of Steve Roberts, our clients are our primary focus. You are more than just a case to us, we genuinely care about your well-being. We will listen to all the facts of your case and handle the negotiations with the insurance company so you don’t have to.