The mild climate in Alabama makes the state an ideal location for year round bike riding. Due to the designs of most roads, bicyclists are at an increased risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car vs. bicycle collision, you may be eligible for financial and legal recourse. Contact a bicycle accident lawyer today to learn about the legal rights available to injury victims.
For more information about filing a legal claim, complete the Free Case Review form on this page.
Statistics on Bicycle Accidents
- In 2009, approximately 33 percent of bicycle fatalities occurred at intersections, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
- Researchers have found that off-road bike paths, on-road marked bike lanes and on-road bike routes, are the safest places for cyclists.
- When protected bike lanes were added in New York City, bicycle injury crashes decreased by 40-50 percent in several locations.
- For commuters that bike to work, the average accident rate is equivalent to one accident every 8 years.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 52,000 cyclists that were injured in 2010.
Common Car vs. Bicycle Accident Injuries
When a passenger vehicle hits a bicyclist, it often results in serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries for the bike rider. Some common injuries sustained in car vs. bicycle collisions include:
- Fractured bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Road rash
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
If you or a family member has been injured in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another, contact Citrin Law Firm today.
Tips on How to Avoid a Bicycle Collision
Drivers and bicyclists can avoid car vs. bicycle collisions by remaining alert. Alabama drivers need to recognize that bicyclists, also known as pedalcyclists, have the same rights and responsibilities that motorists do.
Drivers can avoid hitting a bicyclist by following the tips below:
- Drive at a safe speed for the weather and road conditions
- Be careful on two-lane roads. Almost 60 percent of all bicycle crashes occur on roads where traffic moves at high speeds on narrow lanes.
- Stay focused on the road. Driving while distracted increases your chances of being involved in an accident.
- Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In addition, bike riders should take the following precautions to avoid being hit by a motor vehicle:
- Keep both hands on your handlebars to maintain control of your bicycle.
- If you are going to ride your bike at night, make sure that you have flashing lights on your bicycle.
- When passing through an intersection avoid riding next to cars. You should always merge into traffic when riding through intersections.
- Do not attempt to make a left-hand turn from a designated bike lane. Merge into the left lane to make the turn safely. Also, do not cut in front of motorists, they may not be aware that you’re on the road.
- Wear a helmet every time you ride your bike. In the event of a collision, a bicycle helmet may prevent you from sustaining severe injuries, such as a skull fracture or traumatic brain injury.
Filing a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit
Car vs. bicycle collisions can be complex cases to handle; sometimes it is difficult to determine who the negligent party was. These claims often come down to which party had the right-of way. That’s why it’s important to seek legal guidance after you have been injured in a bicycle accident.
At Citrin Law Firm, we offer a free initial legal consultation to all injury victims. During the consultation, a member of our legal team will evaluate your claim and recommend the best course of action to purse.
Our attorneys and staff have the knowledge and resources to successfully litigate bicycle accident cases.
To find out if you’re eligible to file a personal injury claim, fill out the contact form on the right.