Bicycling can be an inexpensive and healthy alternative to driving or using public transportation. It can be also be a risky endeavor, especially in urban areas with high traffic volume. Bicyclists can be seriously injured when they are involved in a collision with a car, and these injuries may result in medical expenses, time away from work, disfigurement, or may even be fatal. As a result, bicyclists who are struck by cars or other motor vehicles may be able to recover financial compensation from the person or party who caused their injuries. The first thing to do after being involved in an accident is to receive proper medical attention. Next, if you believe you have may have a claim, you should contact an experienced Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free case evaluation. The Law Offices of Shane Smith are comprised of attorneys who are dedicated to representing the legal rights of people injured in car accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 618 pedal cyclists were killed and 52,000 injured in 2010. For the purposes of this report, “pedal cyclists” includes bicyclists, tricyclists, unicyclists, and riders of other non-motorized vehicles powered solely by pedals. The number of pedal cyclists who were killed dropped two percent between 2009 and 2010. The majority of pedal cyclist fatalities in 2010 happened in urban areas and at non-intersections. 28 percent of fatalities occurred between 4 and 8 p.m. The next highest number of fatalities, 25 percent, occurred between 8 p.m. and midnight. NHSTA recommends the following safety tips for pedal cyclists to avoid accidents:
- Always wear a helmet, every time you ride. A helmet is the most effective way to reduce the risk of injury.
- Obey the rules of the road. This means obeying all traffic laws, including stop signs, red lights, lane markers, and yield signs.
- You should always ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Increase your visibility by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during daylight hours. At night, use a front light and a red reflector or flashing rear light, and wear retro-reflective clothing or tape.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you have been injured in an accident, you should contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for any medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, or loss of quality of life, among other damages. To determine whether you have a case, contact one of the experienced personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We are available for free consultations. Call our office today at (770) 487-8999.