Bicycles have been around longer than motor vehicles and almost symbolize a simpler time prior to fuel-run vehicles. Bicycles are still used in many major cities, although bicyclists have to continue to be aware of their surroundings and must understand that most cars and motor vehicles are not expecting a bicycle on the roadways. While this is an unfair burden to place on most bicyclists, it is lifesaving. While bicyclists typically have the right of way on most city streets, most car drivers are not on the lookout for bicyclists in their line of sight and unfortunately end up causing devastating accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
With the rise in bicycle commuting and public bicycle rides, the number of fatalities occurring in bicycle accidents has risen to its highest level since 2006. This is not a record which the country should pride itself on taking, but is instead a reminder to all motorists to continue to keep watch for bicyclists in their lanes. In 2013, approximately 48,000 bicyclists were injured in accidents, although research indicates that only a fraction of actual bicycle accidents go reported to the police. While most cities have attempted to implement laws that protect bicyclists, it requires an overall effort by the majority of motorists on the roads to consciously provide bicyclists with a wide area to maneuver and to continuously be on the lookout for bicyclists on the roadways.
Recovery After Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents unfortunately often result in severe injuries to the bicyclist and minimal damage to the motor vehicle driver. Bicyclists have little protection against a thousand pound motor vehicle barreling at them, aside from bracing for impact. Injuries often include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
Many of these can require prolonged hospitalization and ongoing medical care to simply allow the victim to regain the most basic daily functions. It seems almost unfair that a bicyclist who commutes to work in a manner that is healthy and environmentally friendly runs the risk of being subject to life-debilitating injuries. The negligent driver of the motor vehicle can be held liable for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
While some items, such as medical expenses, have a set dollar amount attached to them, other expenses such as “pain and suffering” will be calculated out by an experienced personal injury attorney.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting clients with their personal injury claims stemming from bicycle accidents. Bicyclists have the right of way on roads in most situations, and negligent motor vehicle drivers should be held responsible for their actions and the resulting injuries. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.