Cycling is a great way to exercise, enjoy a recreational activity, and even commute in a city. Many cities have developed extensive bike paths for its citizens to use. However, there are often risks in mixed-use trails. Additionally, road bike lanes or even bikes using traditional car lanes continue to be used extensively, causing cyclist exposure to motor vehicles.
There are many different types of injuries that people suffer in a bike wreck. Generally speaking, the types of injuries and seriousness of the injuries are a reflection of the level of impact that the cyclist experiences in the collision. The most serious types of bike wrecks involve motor vehicles and result in fatalities and serious permanent injury.
Bicycle riders are so vulnerable, even when wearing helmets, protective gloves and shoes, that their injuries are generally serious. Broken bones are common and spinal cord and brain injuries are not unusual. Some bicycle accident victims are injured so severely their lives are never again the same.
Almost all bicycle accidents are caused by the negligence of a vehicle driver. Drivers may suddenly change lanes, make turns at traffic lights or even open a car door to exit their parked car without noticing a bicycle rider. Distracted driving is a major cause of all vehicular accidents, including those accidents involving bicycle riding.
Cyclists and drivers are obligated to obey the rules of the road. These rules include traffic laws, as well as the duty to exercise ordinary care in regard to one’s own safety and that of others on the roadways. Like other vehicle lawsuits, bicycle collision lawsuits are governed by state law, and often informed by state and local traffic laws. If you have been injured while using a bicycle or have been injured by a bicycle, you may have a legal claim related to your injuries. The Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm is experienced in navigating these types of cases. Call for your free consultation at 1-877-SCI-FIRM if you or a loved one has had a serious injury because of a bicycle.
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