Cycling is a popular pastime and mode of transportation for many. While it cuts down on emissions and provides good exercise, biking on roadways can be a dangerous endeavour. As a cyclist, most cars consider you to be just another vehicle on the road and expect you to follow the same rules as they do. However, when dealing with legal concerns, these riders are considered pedestrians. This is especially important when dealing with bicycle accidents.
With sidewalks, designated lanes, and plenty of shoulder space, it would seem imperative that drivers give cyclists room on the road. But this is not always the case. Failing to check their mirrors or blind spots when turning or opening their doors, parking in bike lanes, crowding the road, and following too closely can all contribute to potential hazards. In these cases, cyclists must remain vigilant, but sometimes that is not enough. If you have been hurt in a cycling collision, it may be in your best interest to speak with a bicycle accident lawyer.
Potential Catastrophic Injuries
Unfortunately, when cyclists are injured in an accident, they tend to be in a far worse position than the driver of the vehicle. With just a helmet to protect you, you are more vulnerable to physical harm. As a result, these injuries tend to be slightly different than the ones seen in victims who are involved in car accidents.
As a bicycler, you are at a greater risk for specific catastrophic injuries, especially broken bones. These impacts tend to be forceful, throwing you from your bike and causing your body intense pain. Even a properly secured helmet could result in a head injury like a concussion. Falling on the pavement or gravel may cause severe lacerations that turn into disfigured scars. Spinal cord injuries are not uncommon and can cause some of the most significant impacts on your life, such as paralysis.
Recovering from a Bicycle Accident
After your accident, you may be required to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time while they monitor your injuries. Depending on your ailments, extensive surgeries and therapy could be needed to help restore your health in some way. In other cases, you might find yourself unable to return to work or support your family like you once did, causing extensive difficulties resulting from your injuries. While recovery should be the most important thing you are worried about, it can also weigh on your responsibilities and make things even harder.
Hiring a Seasoned Bicycle Accident Lawyer
At Bergeron Clifford, we believe that cycling should not be hazardous to your health or well-being. We have found that many bicycle accident victims are relatively young and healthy, but due to a collision, they may need long-term care and compensation for life-altering injuries. Our lawyers will give your case the care it deserves. This includes:
- Ensuring that your case is viewed with an understanding of your rights as a bicyclist.
- Ensuring that you are not blamed unreasonably and that the person who harmed you is held accountable.
- Helping you with insurance issues if you have no coverage of your own.
- Sending you to the right professionals for evaluations and care.
Navigating the difficulties surrounding a legal case of this nature may feel nearly impossible to do on your own. However, with a bicycle accident attorney, you can rest assured they have the knowledge when it comes to these kinds of incidents and the specifics that may surround your claim. Whether your accident was the result of road hazards or a driver, our team at Bergeron Clifford can help.
It’s possible that you are unaware of your legal rights as a cyclist, and there’s a chance that law enforcement and insurance companies may brush off your concerns as they relate to your accident. However, we can build a case that demonstrates the unsafe conditions and their results of continued strain on your day-to-day life, therefore securing you fair compensation to be able to live with dignity. For more information on our services, reach out to us today.
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