Cycling is perhaps the healthiest mode of transportation. Unfortunately, and rather ironically, it is also sometimes the most dangerous. While bicycles have their perks, such as cost-efficiency and versatility, they also come with their downsides. Bicycles offer cyclists very little protection, and when cyclists are in an accident, the outcome is almost always severe. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you are most likely looking into recovering financial compensation to help you with the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, and more. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What most commonly causes bicycle accidents?
Several different factors contribute to bicycle accidents, and many of them do not directly deal with driver negligence. For example, poor road conditions, such as deep potholes, or even negligent road design sometimes contribute to bicycle accidents. Additionally, especially during our winters, black ice very often causes cyclists’ bikes to come flying out from under them. However, the most common cause of bicycle accidents is driver negligence. There is no excuse for negligent behavior on the road, and if you were injured because another party was doing any of the following at the time of your crash, there is a very good chance you will be entitled to financial compensation. Here are some examples of driver negligence:
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Navigating directions while driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving while fatigued
- Failing to check blind spots
- Texting while driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Disciplining raucous children while driving
- Failing to yield
- Failing to comply with traffic signs, lights, and other rules and regulations of the road
What injuries are most commonly sustained in bicycle accidents?
When you are involved in a bicycle accident, a helmet may save your life, but you are still not immune to all injuries. Even with a helmet, you can suffer severe brain trauma if you land the wrong way. Here are some of the most common bicycle injuries that have qualified for compensation in the past:
- Eye trauma
- Facial contusions
- Fractured bones
- Road rash
- Soft tissue injuries
- Muscular strains
- Dislocated joints
- Neck injuries
When you are injured, you must hire an experienced attorney who will gather all the necessary evidence to prove your personal injury claim. The insurance companies are never happy to give you their money, and they will fight your claim. Ensure you have an attorney who is willing to fight back.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you or someone you know was involved in a personal injury bicycle accident and wishes to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq.today. The injuries you’ve sustained are most likely severe, so do yourself a favor and do not wait.