Were you hit while riding a bicycle?
Cycling is both a means of transportation and a popular recreational activity. But cycling also puts you at risk of being struck by a vehicle and sustaining traumatic injuries. In many parts of California, road congestion makes cycling an appealing alternative to driving, but cyclists often encounter drivers who are in a hurry and maneuver through traffic carelessly, thereby endangering cyclists who often share the road with them. Because a bicycle offers considerably less protection than a car, a cyclist can suffer injuries far more catastrophic than those sustained by a driver.
The Rights and Responsibilities of Cyclists
Like motorists, cyclists are bound by certain rules and regulations while travelling on public roads, but their right to travel is also protected under the law. If you’re riding your bicycle, the law requires motorists to yield the right of way to you under various circumstances.
Common Injuries Arising from Bicycle Accidents
The injuries suffered by cyclists who are struck by vehicles can vary greatly. The injuries may be limited to a few cuts and scrapes, or they can be very serious depending on a number of factors, such as the speed of the cyclist and the vehicle involved in the collision. Every case is different, but our bicycle accident attorneys excel at securing compensation for bicycle injury victims and making them whole again. Some of the most common injuries resulting from bicycle accidents include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury, or “TBI”
- Cuts, scrapes and injuries throughout the body
- Facial injuries
- Dislocated or severed limbs
If a Car Struck You While You Were Riding a Bicycle, You May Be Entitled to Compensation
Bicycle accidents can result in seriously injuries that can be permanently disabling and require lifelong care. The treatment and physical therapy required may lead to mounting medical costs, thereby financially imperiling the victim. If you were involved in an accident while operating your bicycle, call us immediately so that we can evaluate your case and pursue a claim for damages on your behalf.
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