At some point, almost everyone learns to ride a bicycle. They are fun to ride, great for exercise and can be used as a standard mode of transportation. Nevertheless, an innocent bike ride can turn into a tragic or even deadly event. Bicycle accidents can be caused when a Cyclist is struck by another vehicle, road defects such as potholes or other defects, product defects like broken stems, forks, frames, quick-releases, handlebars or seatposts, and even being chased by a dog.
Just as with motorcycles, bicycles can be extremely dangerous by nature, since the rider is much less insulated and protected than being in other vehicles.
Common injuries from bicycle accidents include scrapes, head injuries, brain injuries, bone fractures, neck and back injuries, crush injuries, amputations, permanent scarring and disfigurement, catastrophic injuries, and death.
Following a bicycle accident, the following steps should be taken:
- Report the accident to police
- Preserve damaged property, including the bicycle, in the exact same condition as it was at the time of the accident
- Photograph the scene, your injuries and your damaged bicycle
- Get names of eyewitnesses if possible
- Seek medical treatment as soon as possible
- Report your accident to automobile insurance company
- If you get a ticket and you don’t contest the citation, you could look guilty so make sure you contest any ticket
- Don’t use social networks to talk about your accident
Our Firm recently recovered $200,000 for a young man struck from behind on a bicycle by a Dodge Ram truck in the middle of the night. The Cyclist hit by driver had a bad ankle injury. The driver blamed our client for failing to wear reflective clothing. Note: this was also a “bad faith” claim, since the driver of the truck had no insurance and our client had to pursue the claim against his $100,000 Uninsured Motorist insurance policy. The Insurer failed to act in good faith and offer its policy limits when it could and should have to settle the case and forced us into a lawsuit. We pursued the claim aggressively and ultimately convinced the insurance company they made a mistake. They ended up paying twice the limits shortly before trial was to commence.
If you, or someone you know is injured in a bicycle accident, call our office now at 305-536-3400, toll free at 1-800-270-1710, e-mail us, or complete a free case evaluation for a consultation directly with one of our attorneys.