A Bicycle Accident Attorney After Your Accident at McGuire Law Firm OKC
When it comes to bicycle accidents, people in every state suffer from serious injuries as a result of these accidents. The truth is, when a bicycle comes into contact with a motor vehicle, there is always a high chance of injury due to the fact that bicycle riders are very vulnerable and have few protections from the elements. A bicycle crash could be extremely serious and even deadly to a rider, which is why drivers are always urged to watch out for riders sharing the roadways. In 2015 alone, over 1,000 bicyclists lost their lives in these accidents, and nearly 470,000 people were injured. Children and adolescents tend to be affected most by these accidents, but adults aged 50-59 are most likely to experience fatalities in bicycle-motor vehicle accidents.
You’ve been injured in an accident case and you wonder how you can recover in your time of need. We can help when it comes to your claim and holding a party negligent for a variety of damages.
Common Causes and Injuries
To understand the ins and outs of bicycle accidents, you should first understand the many ways that they occur and the various types of damages you could sustain due to these serious accidents. Here are some of the most common reasons for these accidents every year throughout the U.S.:
Distracted Driving: Drivers are more likely to hit and injure cyclists when they are not paying attention to the roads in front of them. One of the most common reasons for these distractions is from texting and driving. However, it is not always the driver liable in these cases – many cyclists have also contributed to their own injuries when they couldn’t put the smartphone down.
Speeding: When a driver is speeding, they are not watching out for everything in their path. If a bicyclist darts out and the driver is coming too quickly, they might not be able to stop in time. This could lead to deadly results.
Intersections and Lane Merging: Drivers sometimes don’t pay attention to the rules of the road when it comes to busy intersections or lane merging.
There are also many different types of injuries that might occur in the event of a bicycle accident. Some common injuries include:
- Various degrees of traumatic brain injury, which could be prevented when a cyclist decides to wear a helmet
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Road rash
- Bone fractures
When it comes to many different types of injuries, you have options, but you must also understand that many of these options come at a cost. You might have to undergo physical therapy for years to come or rehabilitation measures as you go through life. You could find that the medical expenses keep adding up after your bicycle accident and you aren’t sure where to turn when it comes to compensation you deserve.
Driver Negligence in a Bicycle Accident Case
One of the most important steps of any bicycle accident case is proving that a party acted negligently. Negligent drivers stand at the forefront of many bicycle accident claims, due to the fact that drivers tend to turn a blind eye to cyclists who share the roadways, even though they are extremely susceptible to injuries. You’ve learned about the many ways that a driver could be held negligent in a bike accident case, such as through speeding, running traffic lights, drifting into bike lanes, and more. When somebody acts with a disregard for safety and breaches a duty of care, it is possible to bring a claim against them for a variety of damages.
However, when it comes to your claim, a driver will commonly attempt to turn a case around on you and claim that you are also responsible for your damages in some way. This is true in cases of contributory or comparative negligence. Bikers sometimes act negligently as well on the roadways, which is evident in cases where they go the wrong way on a one-way street, run stop signs and lights, or turn into traffic without looking. If the cyclist’s own negligence contributed to an accident, their percentage of fault could reduce the number of damages that they receive in their time of need.
What Happens When a Child is Injured?
Children are sometimes unfortunately at the center of bicycle accidents. Drivers must exercise a higher duty of care when it comes to children riding bicycles on or near the roadways. No matter what, a higher duty of care is always expected in cases that involve children because they are most vulnerable to harm. It is a given that children will be less careful than adults, which means that they are susceptible to these accidents because they might not be anticipating vehicles like an adult would be under the same circumstances.
Perhaps a driver was driving in an area where children were expected to be. Maybe they were speeding in a school zone or driving through a park area while looking at their phone. There is a good chance that, if the driver was coming through an area where there are many children on a daily basis and did not slow down or obey the rules of the road, they will be held liable in a case where they injured or killed a child. Under something known as the “tender years” doctrine, children are not expected to exercise care because they are not expecting harmful conditions on the roads.
Have you or your child been injured in a bicycle accident case and now you want to recover from your injuries because you believe that a driver has acted in a negligent fashion? At the McGuire Law Firm, we can guide you in the right direction when it comes to your case and prove that another party has acted negligently as well as what damages you might be able to receive in your claim. Let us help you from start to finish when it comes to your claim, at 888-352-0624.