Summer is nearly here, and that means an increase of thrill seekers, outdoor enthusiasts and health conscious athletes who will be taking to the roads on bicycles. Due to their smaller size making them harder to see, bicyclists are inevitably more susceptible to accidents, especially when sharing the roads with motor vehicles.
Bicyclists on the roads are vulnerable to gravel and potholes, as well as inclement weather. But often, even a cautious bike rider may find him or herself victim to the negligence or carelessness of a car driver on the road. This is not always easy to prove without professional help and experience, however.
Bicycle accident victims are also more likely to suffer from grave or catastrophic injuries when involved in an accident. Minor fender benders between two passenger cars often does not lead to any injuries. But it is rare for a bike accident to result in no injuries.
If you have suffered from a personal injury while involved in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. There are statutes of limitations on personal injuries so it would be in your best interests to reach out to a law firm familiar with personal injury to see whether you could qualify. You may be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages as well as medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. The lawyer will first look at the police report of the incident and examine evidence to determine whether negligence played a role in the accident. This is often crucial to winning a case.
Source: Cincinnati.com, “Be safe, bike riders, and know the rules of the road,” By Owen Prim, June 5, 2017