If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering. Our firm is experienced in these cases and we charge no legal fee until you receive a bicycle accident settlement or award. Call us toll free 24/7 or contact us online for a free consultation with one of our bicycle accident attorneys.
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Bicycle accidents can have any number of causes. Cyclists are frequently struck by cars, motorcycles, or buses and are injured or killed as a result. In fact, research shows that up to 90% of fatal bike crashes are the result of head trauma (i). Distracted drivers can also be a common cause of bike accidents due to:
- Drunk driving
- Auto driver’s failure to look both ways before turning or after stopping for a stop sign or stop light
- Distracted driving (text messaging, changing the radio station, phone calls, etc.)
- Driver running a red light/stop sign
- Operator turns directly into the bicyclist
- Car operator drives too closely to the cyclist
Motor vehicle operators are required to exercise reasonable care while driving. When a motor vehicle operator strikes a bicyclist, negligent or reckless driving likely caused the accident. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, there were 677 bicyclist deaths and 48,000 bicyclist injuries in 2011 (ii). According to the National Safety Council, the total cost of bicyclist injury and death is over $4 billion per year (iii). These numbers are not necessarily the best reflection of the number of bicycle accidents because many of these accidents go unreported to the police.
Due to the new health movement and the increase in the price of oil, many cities have seen a large increase in bicycle traffic. Cities have tried to respond by creating bicycle lanes, but very often drivers ignore the rights of bicyclists. Motor vehicle operators must be vigilant when sharing the road with bicycle riders. A bicycle accident can completely overturn your life. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries sustained in a bicycle accident.
Safety Reminders for Bicyclists:
- Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet every time you ride (flat on your head and buckled)
- Ride in a straight line, single file
- Go with the traffic flow – ride on the right in the same direction as cars
- Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings
- Ride with both hands on the handlebars except when signaling a turn or stop
- Stop and look both ways for traffic before entering a street
- Walk your bike across an intersection
- Stay alert – look out for things that could make you fall (potholes, cracks, pebbles, wet leaves…)
- Always listen for traffic, do not wear headphones while riding
- Watch for parked cars and cars pulling out or into parking spaces or driveways
- Check your equipment – make sure bike tires are properly inflated and that the brakes work
- Increase visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing
- At night, use a front light and a red reflector or flashing rear light
- Use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing
Contact the Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates
If you or one of your loved one has been injured by a negligent driver while riding a bicycle, you may want to speak with a RI bicycle accident attorney regarding your case. An injury lawyer familiar with new developments in the investigation of bicycle accidents may be able to help you make important personal and legal decisions.
Call d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.
- (i) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 2013.
- (ii) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. April 2013.
- (iii) Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. 2013.