With increased eco-consciousness and the financial pressures of the recession, the use of bicycles is on the rise. Unfortunately, this also corresponds with a rise in bike accident risks.
Bike accidents can be extremely dangerous for the rider because of the sheer size differential between a bike and another vehicle. Often, cyclists and drivers of cars are not sufficiently versed on the rules of the road, and do not coexist well on busy streets and sidewalks. Riders who do not wear helmets are 14 times more likely to be killed in a bike accident than their helmeted counterparts.
Historically, intersections are where most bicycle accidents take place. This is either because drivers drift into lanes without looking, deny cyclists their right-of-way, or are confused about who is to go first. Factors like equipment failure, inclement weather, construction zones, or road defects can increase the likelihood of a bike crash. Some cyclists walk away unscathed from bike accidents, but many suffer severe injuries like lacerations, broken bones, even paralysis or traumatic brain injury. Because most bike crashes end up in injury, it is not always possible to get complete information about the driver who hit you, or to collect the addresses and phone numbers of witnesses. First and foremost, medical treatment should be your priority. But once you receive the treatment you need, you should seek an experienced bike accident attorney to help you get compensation for your medical bills, lost time from work, pain and suffering, and the other consequences of a bike crash.
Do not let another person’s negligent disregard of the rules of the road prevent you from getting the treatment or compensation you deserve. When seeking out a bike accident lawyer, look for someone who specializes in personal injury law and who has a long track record of helping people like you. The Law Office of Todd J. Krouner is known for its professionalism, aggressive legal savvy, and superior customer service. We understand how frightening and frustrating a bicycle accident can be – and we are here to help. Please contact us at (914) 238-5800 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a free, confidential case consultation.