Bicycle Accident FAQ
Can I file a personal injury claim for a bicycle accident?
Like motorists, bicyclists have rights if they are injured in collisions with cars or other motor vehicles. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, a car collision attorney may be able to help you file a bicycle injury claim to get compensation for your:
- medical care,
- lost wages,
- pain and suffering,
- and other accident-related expenses.
At William Mattar Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys have experience helping clients with bicycle accident claims. If you’ve been injured, speak with a member of our legal team today by calling (844) 444-4444 or filling out our free initial consultation form.
What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents?
Common causes of bicycle accidents can include:
- bumps and broken pavement,
- collisions with vehicles that fail to keep safe distances,
- drivers of motor vehicles not paying attention,
- loose gravel,
- traffic failing to yield right of way at intersections,
- uneven or slippery terrain,
- and wet road surfaces.
What are some common types of bicycle accident injuries?
Bicycles offer little physical protection during accidents involving cars. This can lead to severe injuries, such as:
- Broken Bones
Contact with motor vehicles, barriers, and road surfaces during bicycle accidents can cause arm, leg, and joint fractures requiring surgery or other medical procedures to correct.
- Soft Tissue Injuries
In many cases, bicyclists suffer serious soft tissue injuries from bicycle accidents, including muscle damage, serious cuts and abrasions, and even permanent scarring.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
TBIs can occur during a bicycle accident even with the protection of a helmet, potentially affecting victims’ thinking, sensations, language, and mood.
Do I have a case if the driver who hit me fled the scene?
You may still be entitled to compensation for your bicycle accident if the driver who struck you fled the scene. If a police report wasn’t filed at the scene of your accident, make sure to report your hit and run as soon as possible.
Then call William Mattar to protect your legal rights. Our hit and run attorneys have the resources to investigate your claim and determine whether or not coverage is available for your personal injury and related expenses.
How can I prevent a bicycle accident injury?
Making yourself more visible to motorists can help prevent a bicycle accident. Increase your visibility by wearing light-colored or reflective clothing while riding at night or during bad weather and by installing bright front and rear lights on your bicycle.
Our bike accident lawyers encourage all cyclists to wear helmets regardless of their ages or skill levels. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety cites research stating that helmet usage can reduce head injury risk by 85 percent.
How common are bicycle accident injuries?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 52,000 cyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010, with the majority of cycling accidents occurring in urban areas and in non-intersections.
Check out our bicycle safety tips for some safe riding habits to help keep you safe on the road.