Whether you’re a competitive cyclist, or if you use your bicycle as part of your exercise routine, or if you’re concerned about the environment, or if you just want to enjoy a bike ride with your family on a beautiful day, you know how much fun riding a bicycle can be. A bicycle ride can let you feel the miles go past your wheels, all under your own power.
However, riding a bike in some areas is not always as easy as, well, riding a bike. In urban traffic, on long highways, or on suburban streets, drivers may not always regard cyclists the same way as they would drivers of passenger cars. This disregard for cyclists by drivers can often lead to accidents. Even with the latest safety equipment, bicyclists can suffer serious injuries in an accident.
In an alarming trend, bicycle accidents are on the rise. In March 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report that showed that more than 800 people died in accidents involving pedal-powered vehicles, a 12 percent increase over the previous year. The report also showed that nearly 45,000 riders were injured in 2015 alone, with 5,000 injury victims reported as children under 14 years of age. (LINK: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/Publication/812382).
The NHTSA report also shows that the cyclists were impacted by the front of the vehicle in 84 percent of the fatality accidents, including 92.5 percent of the fatality accidents involving cyclists and passenger cars and 85.5 percent of the fatality accidents involving cyclists and vans, pickup trucks, or SUVs.
The causes of these accidents are often as varied as the victims themselves. Some of the most notable causes of bicycle/vehicle injury accidents can include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to yield
- Aggressive driving
- Running a red light
- Left turn violations
- Unsafe lane changes
- Opening a car door into a bike lane
- … and many more
As Houston opens up more bike lanes, especially in the middle of busy downtown traffic, bicycle injury accidents may become more commonplace. When bicycles compete for space with motor vehicles, the bigger, more powerful motor vehicles will jockey for space. When a cyclist is struck by a vehicle that outweighs the bicycle by a thousand pounds or more, often moving at much higher speeds, injuries often follow. Some of these injuries can include:
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injures (TBI)
- Neck and spinal injuries
- Fractured limbs
- Internal organ damage
- Facial injuries/disfigurement
- Abrasions (“road rash”)
- … and much more
Due to the high impact of auto-bicycle accidents, cyclists often face much more severe injuries than passenger car drivers in a similar collision. These injuries often require a higher degree of medical care. This care can include:
- Ambulance transportation
- Emergency room treatment
- Pre-operative medical testing (X-rays, blood tests, etc.)
- Surgical procedures
- Post-operative recovery
- Hospital stays
- Round-the-clock care
- … and much more.
After the cyclist gets home from the hospital, the need for constant care doesn’t stop. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the victim may still need ongoing care. Such care can often include:
- Follow-up visits
- Physical therapy sessions
- Prescription medications
- Mental health evaluations
- Home adaptations (ramps, handrails, etc.)
- … and much more.
The combination of all of these products and services can be quite expensive. The cyclist may also be unable to work due to their injuries, so the loss of income also becomes a major factor in raising the victim’s stress level.
The victim may seek to make a claim against the driver’s insurance carrier. After all, if the driver could see the cyclist, and the driver’s actions (or inactions) caused the accident, the insurance carrier should do the right thing and help the injured cyclist.
Unfortunately for the victim, insurance carriers don’t make their profits by “doing the right thing”. They make their profits by bringing in as much money (i.e. premium payments, co-payments, deductibles, etc.) and paying out as little money (i.e. claims) as possible. They also employ an army of attorneys to reinforce their position and to see that claimants accept as little as possible from the carrier.
Under the law, bicycles have as much right to the road as motor vehicles. When a driver injures a cyclist, that driver (and their insurance carrier) should be held responsible. The best way a cyclist can protect their rights is to consult a seasoned personal injury attorney.
The attorneys at Simon & O’Rouke Law Firm P.C., have extensive experience in working with bicycle accident injury victims. We strive to get as much money as possible for our clients. We make sure to seek out funds to cover all kinds of expenses related to our clients’ injuries, including:
- Hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of current income
- Loss of future income
- Punitive damages
- … and much more
Our attorneys and staff can do all the work to examine your case, gather the evidence, and prepare a strategy that will get you the funds you need to get on the road to recovery.
Since we know that money is a major concern for accident victims, our bicycle accident injury law firm does not charge for our preparation time, nor do we expect payment during the legal process. Instead, we work on a contingency basis, which means that we only get paid if we win money for our clients.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you’ll need an experienced personal injury attorney. The lawyers and staff at Simon & O’Rouke Law Firm P.C., are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You can arrange for a FREE, no-obligation consultation by filling out the online form on our website. Let us evaluate your case and see how we can get you rolling again!
We have more than 27 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases, and we put our knowledge to work for you.
When you hire us, you hire a law firm that will give you:
- The highest level of legal representation,
- Personal attention,
- Additional information to educate you about your legal rights,
- Assistance with your medical needs,
- Emotional and psychological support, and
- CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE AGAIN