The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that almost 50,000 pedal cyclists were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2012. Among the most serious type of injury a bicyclist can sustain is a traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI. TBIs occur when a blow or sudden jolt to the head results in a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain. These injuries have the potential to cause serious issues for victims, potentially resulting in significant medical expenses and lost income due to missed work. The best thing that a person who sustains a TBI in a bicycle accident can do to protect his or her rights is to retain an attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs.
How do Drivers Negligently Cause Bicycle Accidents?
In order for bicyclists to recover after a TBI caused by a motor vehicle accident, they must be able to establish that their accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. In the context of a personal injury case, this means that that the vehicle’s driver was not driving with the same level of care as would be exercised by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances. Some of the most common examples of the kinds of driver negligence that often results accidents include:
Failure to stop at a stop sign
Failure to signal turns
Failure to observe traffic signals
After a bicycle accident, victims should be certain to record as much information about the accident as possible. In addition, anyone involved should seek medical attention in order to ensure that any injuries sustained are properly diagnosed and treated.
Contact a Brooks personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers, call Shane Smith Law today at (770) 487-8999.