Bicycles have long been popular among children, and in recent decades, use has grown substantially among adults as well. As an alternative transportation to motor vehicles, bicycles offer some distinct advantages: savings in fuel cost, a healthy workout, and, for many, a considerable amount of enjoyment. There is also a downside to bicycle riding; unfortunately, they are inherently more dangerous to ride. A person who has been injured in a bicycling accident may find it in his best interests to work with personal injury attorneys who understand how to negotiate successfully with the insurance company.
The Prevalence of Bicycle Accidents and Resulting Injuries
About 57 million Americans take to the road on bicycles each year, according to the Department of Transportation. Nearly a third of these are adults over age 16. The number of accidents is difficult to measure because many go unreported. On average, though, more than 51,000 riders are injured enough to require treatment in a hospital each year, and approximately 700 are killed, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. What is particularly telling is that the age of the average injured bicyclist is 31. This means that while the majority of riders still are children, adults either ride more carelessly or take their bicycles into more precarious situations. It is likely that the latter is the case since older riders are much more likely to take longer rides and use their bikes for travel to and from work.
Because of the very nature of bicycling, riders are left at a distinct disadvantage. This is because their bikes offer virtually no protection if an accident occurs. Among the most common injuries suffered by bicyclists are lacerations, broken legs, broken arms, back and neck injuries, contusions and head injuries. As your personal injury attorney can no doubt attest from experience with clients, the incidence of traumatic brain injury is particularly high among riders. This is especially true when they fail to wear helmets. Indeed, safety equipment does help reduce the risk of injury substantially, though it can do little to help a rider when a passing truck abruptly changes lanes into him.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
When your personal injury lawyer takes your case, he will ask you to recount all the information you can about the accident and will conduct an investigation, including visiting the scene, interviewing witnesses, reading the police report and looking over medical treatment records. It is essential to establish cause and for your case to show that the accident arose out of negligence that is attributable to another. A few of the many causes of bicycle accidents are:
• Defective design • Defective assembly • Road hazard • Inclement weather • A motorist cutting off the rider in an intersection • A parked car door opening into the path of the rider • Another vehicle moving into the lane occupied by the rider • Failure to see the bicyclist
It is very common for a motorist to say he simply didn't see the bicyclist. It is not clear why this should be so, but perhaps it is in many cases that the motorist simply isn't looking for smaller vehicles.
Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With Your Bicycle Accident Claim If you have been injured while riding your bicycle due to the negligence of another motorist, the manufacturer or the assembler of the bike, you may have grounds for a claim. Work with personal injury attorneys who will fight for you.
Bicycle Accidents in Atlanta
A person who has been injured in a bicycling accident may find it in his best interests to work with Atlanta personal injury attorneys who understand how to negotiate successfully with the insurance company.
Work with personal injury attorneys who will fight for you. Call Slappey & Sadd, LLC, at 404-255-6677 today.