Why are Bicyclists Hit and Injured so Frequently?
There are numerous bicyclists in the Pittsburgh area. Cycling is a great form of exercise for all ages. Unfortunately, bicyclists are commonly involved in accidents with vehicles which can result in catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured while biking, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney experienced in the rights of cyclists.
Due to the small size of bicycles, crashes often occur because motor vehicle drivers fail to see the cyclists on the road. In today’s world of technology and multi-tasking, many motorists are distracted while driving. Additionally, a bicycle versus auto accident occurs due to the car driver:
- Changing lanes without checking his or her blind spot
- Sideswiping the bicyclist
- “Dooring” the cyclist by opening a vehicle door into an approaching bicycle rider
- Turning right directly in front of an oncoming cyclist
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failing to stop or yield when the bicycle rider has the right-of-way
- Failing to look when exiting from an alley, driveway or side street
When a bicyclist is struck by a moving vehicle, the consequences can be catastrophic. Common injuries include broken bones and injuries to the neck, brain and spinal cord. In the most serious crashes, the bicycle rider is killed. In 2011, it was reported that 48,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents in the United States with 677 of those being fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There are numerous potentially liable parties in a bicycle versus vehicle accident including the negligent driver, manufacturer or retailer of the bicycle or bicycle parts, the government agency responsible for maintaining the roads and bicycle repair shops. The personal injury lawyers at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC fully investigate the cause of your bicycle accident and the parties liable for your injuries.