Bicycle Accidents

Cycling is a great way to get exercise and, in certain cases, cut down on gas costs and emissions you release into the atmosphere. In fact, many cities have encouraged their citizens to ride bicycles more by widening roads and adding bike lanes. However, when you decide to ride your bike on roads, you are assuming that all the motorists you encounter on the road are driving responsibly and following the proper road rules.

While car accidents involving other cars are bad enough, when a bicycle and vehicle collide, the accident can result in serious and even fatal injuries. However, as with a lot of cases involving bicycle and automobile accidents, they are not accidents at all. When a car crashes or hits a pedestrian on a bike, it is usually due to the negligence or recklessness of the driver.

Negligent drivers include those found guilty of:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, and/or prescription medication
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Not following road rules
  • Texting and driving
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Lack of experience behind the wheel
  • Not obeying work zone road rules
  • Driving with distractions
  • Not paying attention while behind the wheel
  • Swerving or drifting into a designated bike lane

The fact of the matter is, a negligent driver is a person who broke the law. He/she got behind the wheel and did not take this responsibility very seriously. If the result ended in your personal injuries, they should be held accountable, especially in the crashes involving pedestrians on bicycles, as their injuries usually are very serious and include spinal cord and brain injuries.

Just because you are on a bike, doesn't mean you shouldn't treat the "accident" like you would if it involved two vehicles. You should collect the insurance information, driver's license of the party involved, and consult an attorney who has experience in the field doing personal injury and bicycle cases.

If a driver was negligent, and a crash caused you injuries and/or property damage, then forming a case to receive compensation is in your best interest. You should not be punished for obeying the proper road/bicycle rules when someone else's recklessness was at fault. Not to mention that because of the different factors surrounding bicycle crashes, you have a better chance of achieving your personal injury settlement.

A rundown on the common compensatory damages rewarded to those who sustain personal injuries due to bicycle and motor vehicle crashes:

  • Medical treatment
  • Property loss
  • Income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of employment

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident and believe it was at the fault of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Make sure to obtain the right legal counsel to ensure that you win the settlement that you deserve.

Having worked closely with personal injury cases and insurance companies in the past, the Law Office of Jason S. Stevens, LLC, has a unique approach to handling personal injury and negligence cases. Rather than aiming for the quickest settlement possible, we aim to give our clients the maximum payoff they deserve.