Bicycles are a great option for many Americans. They allow people to get to school, work, or the store, all while saving gas, getting fresh air, and staying fit. However, as the bike lanes begin to fill up, more and more bicyclists are putting themselves in a vulnerable position.
- In Pinellas County, there were 574 bicycle accidents in 2014, and 7 fatalities
- Hillsborough County had 532 accidents and 8 fatalities in 2014
- In the United States, there were 33,561 bicyclists fatalities in 2012
- Bicycle accidents account for 2% of all traffic accident fatalities
Since bicycles are much smaller than other vehicles, a collision with a car can be serious for a bicyclist. Many times, a bicycle accident occurs because a car does not see them. If a driver is distracted, intoxicated or speeding, they cannot slow down quickly enough to avoid a bicyclist.
In less serious situations, a bicyclist might sustain cuts, bruises, or broken bones. However, they are also at risk of more serious injuries, like
- traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- spinal cord damage
- internal bleeding
Bicyclists should be aware of their surroundings at all times, and should wear a helmet and proper protective gear, including reflectors for nighttime bike riding. But even if a rider takes all the necessary precautions, they may still be at risk.
Like with a car accident, injuries may lead to surgery and other medical expenses, lost wages from missed work, and a loss of enjoyment of previous activities. In the event of a death, the victim’s family must also confront funeral expenses and medical bills, plus pain and suffering. During this time, seeking compensation is an incredibly important step, but it is easily overlooked in the wake of pain and distress.
After a bicycle accident, contact an experienced lawyer.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly Perenich & Carroll) was founded in 1955. We are exclusively invested in helping personal injury victims— and their loved ones — win compensation and find justice. We approach every case with passion, experience, and dedication, and strive to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
If you are seeking help after a bicycle accident, please contact us. We’ll see you through.