Bicycle Accident Injury Attorneys
Our team of qualified bicycle accident attorneys has extensive experience in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including bicycle injury accidents. Our bicycle accident attorneys have an excellent understanding of the intricacies of automobile accident law, which also applies to bicycle accidents.
Over the past decade, bicycling has become extremely popular in the United States. It is a convenient and inexpensive method of travel, especially in large cities where traffic is congested and parking spaces are difficult to find. High tech materials and fabrication have now made bicycle riding virtually effortless.
Many cities now recognize the increase in bicycle traffic and have constructed special bike lanes. Parks have now made trails accessible to bicycles. Even some vehicle manufacturers are now offering bike racks as standard equipment. Unfortunately, many automobile drivers do not respect the bicyclists’ rights to share the roads and, more importantly, young bike riders haven’t been educated on how to legally and safely share the roads with automobiles.
Did you know that:
- A bicyclist is fatally injured every 6 hours
- Nearly one million children are injured each year in bicycle related accidents
- 49% of all bicycle fatalities occur to children under the age of 16
- Head injuries account for 75% of all serious injuries and deaths
- While collisions with automobiles only account for 1/3 of the accidents, they account for the majority of the catastrophic injuries.
Motor vehicle operators must be attentive to bicycle riders. They must equate a bicycle with a motor vehicle and observe the same laws. For example: if you are sharing the right lane with a bicyclist and you are planning to turn right at an intersection, you must yield to the bicyclist. You may not drive in a designated bike lane unless you have immediate intentions to turn off the road. There are many “new” traffic laws concerning bicycles and ignorance of the laws will not protect you against negligence if you injure a bicyclist.
Bicycle riders are also subject to the same traffic laws as motorists. If you are riding a bicycle, you are also required to obey the traffic laws.
You can make your bicycle journey more enjoyable and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries by following these “common sense” rules:
- Many states require that all young riders wear an approved helmet. Even if your state does not have a bicycle helmet law, young riders should consider a helmet as part of their gear and wear one whenever they ride.
- Parents have a duty to teach their children about traffic laws and road safety. A “young drivers’” handbook is an ideal resource for information. Children should know the appropriate hand signals for making turns, etc. (Parents: remember to teach only hand signals – not hand gestures!)
- It is never advisable to ride a bicycle after dark but, if you must, make sure your bicycle is equipped with headlights, taillights, reflective tape and always wear clothing that can be easily seen.
- Make sure that clothing, backpacks, accessories, etc., cannot get tangled in the spokes or chain.
- Always ride with the flow of traffic (on the right side of the road) and not against the traffic. Motorists are trained to react to other “drivers” who are following the same rules and may not respond quickly enough to avoid an accident if your presence isn’t anticipated.
- Always perform a pre-ride safety check before getting on your bicycle. Check the brakes, check the alignment of the frame, and, if you have “quick release” wheels, make sure you have your lock in place.
To protect your legal rights following severe injury or wrongful death resulting from a Bicycle accident, you should immediately consult an experienced personal injury law firm. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost, and witnesses may forget important details.