All You Need To Know About Bicycle AccidentsLast updated on: September 14, 2022
Bicycle riding has become increasingly popular in recent years, largely in response to the increasing cost of gasoline and the country’s overall renewed focus on ‘green’ or healthy living. While riding a bike can be an excellent mode of transportation or a great way to get exercise, it does pose a risk of serious injury when bicycles are involved in accidents with cars.
If you have been involved in a car or bicycle accident, you may need legal representation in order to receive compensation for your injuries and property damage. Contact Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863 5312 for your 100% free consultation. You will not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning your case.
Car Accident Cases
Car accidents can occur in a multitude of different ways. At Zinda Law Group, our attorneys have ample experience in all kinds of car accident cases. Look below to read more info on each specific case:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Distracted driving accidents
- Reckless driving accidents
- Hit and runs
- Rideshare accidents
- Brake failure accidents.
If you have been involved in one of these, or similar, car accidents, contact Zinda Law Group today. Our team can help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation available for your physical injuries, mental anguish, property damage, and more.
Bike Accident Cases
Bicycle accidents are common events and may occur in many different ways. Examples of common bicycle accident causes include:
- Collisions with car doors
- Collision with debris in the road
- Being hit by a motor vehicle
- Being hit by another bicyclist or pedestrian
- Accidents related to defected bike parts.
Although some bike accidents can be avoided by being observant while on the road, some may not be. If you have been injured while on a bicycle and believe that the accident was caused due to the negligence or intentional actions of another person, business, or entity, contact Zinda Law Group today. We can help discuss your case and determine who was liable for your subsequent injuries and property damage.
Causes of a Bicycle and Car Accident
Although any bicycle accident can cause the rider harm, it is especially dangerous when the incident involves a motor vehicle. Accidents involving a car and bike rider can cause serious injury and property damage.
Although there are many potential causes of these types of accidents, the most common types include:
- Collisions with car doors
- Collisions at intersections
- Collisions at lane changes
- Collisions during turns.
These accidents may easily occur if either the bicyclist or motor vehicle driver is not paying attention, driving while intoxicated, or not abiding to traffic signs or lights. If you have been involved in a car and bike accident, contact Zinda Law Group today. We can help determine how your accident occurred and who should be held liable for your injuries.
The Dangers of Car Versus Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents often involve more serious injuries than car accidents due to the lack of protection surrounding the cyclist and the far larger size of the motor vehicle. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, since 1932 more than 51,000 people have died in biking accidents with over 40,000 being injured a year; a 5 percent increase from the previous year. Common bicycle accident-related injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Facial injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
Pursuing the maximum amount of compensation means being able to deliver the correct forms of evidence and tracking damages over a period of time. At Zinda Law Group, we have an extensive track record of overcoming judicial obstacles and achieving just compensation for our clients.
What Should I Do If I Am In A Car Versus Bicycle Accident?
If you have been injured in a car vs bike accident, you may be left feeling hurt and unsure of what to do next. That is why we have provided four relatively simple steps to follow, as seen below:
1. Seek Medical Attention. First, you should seek immediate medical attention from a trained medical professional. Although some injuries may be obvious, you may be suffering from hidden injuries, such as internal bleeding, which require immediate medical treatment. Failure to obtain medical treatment may also exacerbate less serious injuries. Documenting your injuries is also important for determining future compensation.
2. Contact Local Law Enforcement. Next, you should report the accident to local law enforcement, such as the police. Law enforcement will be able to create an official police report, which may also be important in determining fault in your future case.
3. Document the Accident. Be sure to properly document the accident. This includes taking photographs of all injuries, property damage, and any signage or traffic lights surrounding the accident. It is also important to write down everything you can remember about how the accident occurred and what happened immediately following the accident.
4. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney. Lastly, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Zinda Law Group. Our team can help investigate your case, determine who was at fault, and guide you through the entire legal process.
Understanding what to do following a car vs bike accident can not only aid you in your future personal injury claim, but it is also important for your health and wellbeing.
How Do I Determine Who Is At Fault In An Accident?
In order to receive compensation for your injuries, you must first determine who was at fault for the accident. In many cases, this means that you will have to show that the at-fault party was acting against the law or was otherwise negligent.
For example, if a car driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time they swerved onto the sidewalk and hit a bicyclist, the car driver will likely be held liable for the bicyclists’ injuries and any property damage that he or she caused.
An experienced attorney at Zinda Law Group can help evaluate your case, determine who was at fault, and help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation available for your physical injuries, mental anguish, and property damage. Call Zinda Law Group today to discuss your potential claim.
What Compensation Can You Seek After a Bicycle or Car Accident?
Bike accident victims, like car accident victims, can seek compensation from the at-fault driver. However, unique issues will be involved in any bike accident case. Texas law states that bicyclists have the same rights and duties as other motor vehicle operators. This means that in a case involving a collision between a bicycle and a car, an analysis of liability will be conducted to determine whether the bicyclist was following the rules of the road. The insurance company of the “at fault” driver will be responsible for the damages to the victim.
Possible damages could include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Given the severity of many bicycle accidents, accident victims will require an attorney who will aggressively pursue the compensation to which they are entitled.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
Bicycling is a popular pastime in most places across the United States. Nowadays, children aren’t the only bicyclists that car drivers can see near a highway. The number of adults who use bikes for recreation grows every year, and many workers are increasingly using bikes as transportation. In fact, Illinois is potentially dangerous when riding your bicycle. A 2017 study in Chicago indicates 26 bicyclists were involved in a fatal collision with 2,663 injured.
Based on these statistics, it is crucial to remain vigilant while riding a bike and to look out for bicyclists when driving a car.
Helmet Use In Car Versus Bicycle Accidents
Although bicycle trips account for only 1 percent of all trips taken in the United States, over 2 percent of people who die as a result of a motor vehicle accident are bicyclists, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these deaths occurred due to the bicyclist’s subsequent head injuries. Therefore, it is recommended that all bicyclists wear a helmet. In fact, wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of developing a head injury up to 85 percent.
Whether you’re biking on a busy road or just down the street, it is always safer to wear a helmet.
Do I Need A Lawyer When Dealing With Insurance Companies?
Bicycle accidents can inflict serious injuries upon bike accident victims, including broken bones, head trauma, and damage to internal organs. Those injured in a bike accident will require the representation of an experienced bike accident attorney who understands the unique issues involved in these cases. At Zinda Law Group, we will gather evidence to ensure you bring the strongest possible case to achieve the results you desire.
Call a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today at (800) 863 5312 to set up your free initial consultation. You do not have to worry about paying us anything unless we are able to win you compensation in your case. That is our “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.”
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