Riding a bicycle while sharing the roadways with motor vehicles can be dangerous, as bicycle accident injuries occur at an alarming rate: according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, over 40,000 Americans are injured and over 700 people lose their lives in bicycle accidents each year. At Novins, York & Jacobus, our personal injury lawyers represent victims and ensure that they receive the fair compensation they need so they can focus on recovery.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
When accidents involving bicycles and automobiles occur, bicyclists are extremely vulnerable to serious personal injury, even if they are wearing helmets. No matter how fast a motor vehicle is traveling at the time of impact, bicycle accidents can cause a variety of injuries. Some of the most common injuries resulting from bicycle accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful deaths
Victims of bicycle accidents must establish that their injuries are the result of the driver’s negligence in order to be eligible for compensation for their losses and expenses.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Driver negligence is one of the top causes of bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles. Because bicycles offer relatively little protection, motor vehicle operators have an obligation to share the road responsibly. When a driver fails to live up to that responsibility and acts negligently, bicycle accidents and serious injuries can easily occur. Common examples of driver negligence include:
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Turning directly in front of a bicyclist
- Failing to yield the right of way at an intersection
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Speeding or reckless driving
Victims of bicycle accidents that are the result of a driver’s negligence or wrongdoing may be entitled to damages, including compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering. In addition, victims of bicycle accidents may be entitled to punitive damages if the driver’s conduct is deemed to be excessively negligent.
When to Contact Novins, York & Jacobus
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident as the result of another person’s negligent or wrongful act, contact Novins, York & Jacobus today.