Midland Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Due to the increased popularity of bicycle riding, bicycle-related injuries have also increased, particularly in collisions with motor vehicles. In fact, the first automobile crash ever in the U.S. happened in New York City in 1896 when a motorist collided with a bicyclist. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for bicyclists and nearly 800 bicyclists die every year as a result. A bike is no match for a car that weighs thousands of pounds. The following 2010 statistics show what serious a problem bicycle-related fatalities are.

  • 72% of all bicyclist fatalities occurred in urban areas
  • 67% of bicyclist fatalities occurred at non-intersections
  • 28% of all bicyclist fatalities occurred between the hours of 4-8pm
  • 25% of all bicyclist fatalities occurred between the hours of 8-midnight
  • 86% of all bicyclists killed were males
  • 34% of all crashes involved alcohol

In addition to death by auto, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates bicycle-related injuries requiring emergency room treatment exceed 580,000 every year. As grave as that sounds, the numbers are actually even higher than the statistics chronicle because bicycle-related injuries that are not serious in nature are not likely to be recorded. This is particularly true in the state of Texas.

Bicycle Injuries

Any time a collision occurs, the injuries can be extensive and often permanent. While some motor vehicle/bike collisions result in less serious injuries such as road rash, contusions and lacerations, many of these accidents can result in serious of injuries, including death. Some of the more common injuries that occur in a motor vehicle/bicycle crashes include:

  • Road rash
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Sprains and dislocations
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Facial injuries
  • Loss of limbs
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Death

Preventing Injuries

There are a number of ways to avoid or prevent injury while biking, including the following:

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet
  • Wear reflective clothing
  • Use active and reflective lighting on the bicycle
  • Follow traffic laws and obey the rules of the road
  • Use proper hand signals to alert other bicyclists and motor vehicles
  • Properly maintain your bicycle

If You Have Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident

Bicycle accidents often result in injuries such as road rash, bruising and dislocations, but they can frequently result in more serious injuries especially when a car is involved. Injuries such as broken bones, organ damage, lost limbs, and traumatic brain injuries are not unusual. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, the attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help you. We have successfully represented many victims involved in bicycle collisions and we can help you too. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation and let us help you.