Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Riding a bicycle (cycling) has become a popular leisure activity in recent years, and, for a large group of people living mostly in urban areas, a preferred means of transportation. The number of U.S. cyclists has risen from about 43 million to 47.5 million.
In an encouraging sign, statistics tell us that, despite an increase in riders, the number of bike accidents has decreased over the past decade. At the same time, however, there’s been a 37 percent increase in the number of cycling deaths, with about two-thirds of these deaths taking place in crashes with motor vehicles.
It’s no secret. Many bike/auto accidents are the result of driver negligence. Some of the most common examples include:
- A left-turning vehicle at an intersection watches oncoming vehicular traffic but fails to notice an oncoming cyclist.
- A right-turning vehicle whose driver fails to notice the cyclist on their right.
- Distracted drivers who are texting or otherwise using their cell phones.
- Driving too closely to a cyclist.
- Avoiding potholes and swerving into a cyclist.
- Backing out of driveways.
- Speeding and lacking reaction time to brake for a cyclist.
Unfortunately, bike accident victims often suffer serious injuries, from fractures and lacerations to soft-tissue and head injuries. A natural reaction for many riders is to get back on their bike and keep riding. In almost all cases, that’s the wrong reaction. Many injuries don’t make themselves known until several hours or even days after the accident.
If You’re the Cyclist in a Bike-Auto Accident, What Should You Do?
- Even if you are not experiencing pain or soreness, you should call 911 and report the accident.
- Allow the police to view the accident and file a report. In doing so, a record will be established, and – if the driver is at fault – the cost of your injuries (including lost work time, medical bills, etc.) may be covered by the driver or their insurance company.
- Within 24-48 hours of the accident, visit a medical professional and let them examine your injuries.
Insurance companies frequently try to contact bike accident victims and negotiate a quick settlement. Before you take their lowest offer, seriously consider hiring an experienced bicycle accident attorney, who can fight for you and advise you during your recovery..
There are many kinds of damages a victim may be able to claim, as an attorney, like a bicycle accident lawyer in Rapid City, SD, from a firm like the Law Offices of Clayborne, Loos and Sabers LLP, can explain.