About Bicycle Accidents
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Bike riding can be an amazing and healthy way of getting exercise and getting around. Along with that, bicycle accidents aren’t an uncommon occurrence.
Bicycle accidents are something that can lead to serious and permanent injuries, including:
- Neck Injury
- Spine Injury
- TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
There are some bicycle accidents that can be catastrophic and life-threatening, completely turning the lives of the injured and their families upside down forever. If you or one of your loved ones has been seriously injured or died as the result of a motorcycle accident contact The Doan Law Firm today and speak to a bicycle accident personal injury lawyer today. Our lawyers will provide you with a free initial consultation and you’re never charged a fee unless we win your case. There’s no fee unless we win, if we don’t win you never owe us a dime. Once we settle or win your case at trial we will take a predetermined percentage as our fee. No hidden fees, no surprises.
There are two main types of situations that can lead to a bicycle accident and both of them can lead to very serious personal injuries and you should call and speak to a bicycle personal injury lawyer to discuss your case:
- Accidents Involving Crashes with a Motor Vehicle(s)
- Accidents Caused By a Manufacturer Defect
Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety data from 2008, bicycle accident data from 1932 through 2008 there were approximately 53,000 bicyclists that died in traffic accidents in the United States. The most recent safety data available from 2008 has 716 fatalities and approximately 52,000 injuries within the United States. Of the fatalities, 13% were children 16 or younger. Of those that were injured, 25% were in that same age group.
Furthermore, according to the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, every year there are approximately half a million people in the United States that are treated in hospital ERs for an injury that’s bicycle related. Over 50% of those same bicycle related injuries involve children that are 15 years of age or younger.
Bicycle Accidents and the Law
When a bicycle is travelling on a public roadway it’s mandated by vehicle code that the bicyclist follow the law just like they were any other motorist. When driving as a motorist it’s important that you:
- Watch for Bicyclists When You’re Making Turns
- Yielding To Cyclists at Intersections
- Allow No Less Than Three Feet of Clearance When Passing a Bicyclist on the Road
According to the NHTSA, there are 21 states, along with the District of Columbia along with another approximate 150 municipal localities that have bicycle helmet laws that are age specific. There are fourteen other states that have no local or state helmet laws, including Texas.
It’s not completely uncommon for either bicycle frames or their component parts to fail. Serious injury can occur when the fracture of the frame or a critical component happens even when the bicycle is traveling at a slow speed.
Quite often the fault will lie within the:
- Composite Forks
- Aluminum Frames
If it’s not one of the aforementioned three items it’ll be most often be another defect within the design or the manufacturing of the bicycle.
Seeking Legal Help
If either you or your loved one has suffered an injury as the result of a bicycle accident, contact The Doan Law Firm today for a free consultation 24/7/365, regardless of time, day or holiday. We’ll evaluate your claim at absolutely no cost or obligation to you, contact us now at: (800) 349-0000. We look forward to speaking to you.
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