According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, 743 people were killed in a bicycle/car accident in 2013. This number is big, but here is something else to consider: approximately 48,000 people were injured in the same type of accident that year.
This problem continues to worry people from one side of the country to the next. It doesn’t matter if you are riding for fun or have a purpose, such as commuting to and from the office, you need to realize that you are at risk of being involved in an accident.
There are things that bicyclists and drivers can do to avoid such accidents. For example, bicyclists should use reflectors and wear bright clothing. This makes it easier for them to be seen. On the flipside, drivers need to understand the importance of sharing the roadway with bicyclists.
What Happens After an Accident?
If you are riding your bike, minding your business, and find yourself involved in an accident with a car, the best thing you can do is stay put until help arrives. Even if you feel okay, don’t move around too much. There is always the chance that you have suffered an internal injury.
Once you receive the necessary medical care, it is time to learn more about the accident. Was the driver at fault? Why did he or she cause the accident? What can you do at this point?
You may want to learn more about your legal rights by consulting with a personal injury attorney. This is the best way to determine if you are in position to receive compensation for your injuries and any other damage.
When it comes to personal injury accidents, we are always available to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us for professional guidance.