Bicycle Accidents: What You Should Know
Of all of the vehicle accidents that occur on a daily basis, some of the least heard about—but most dangerous—are bicycle collisions. Here is some basic information you should know in case you get in a bicycle accident:
Bicycle vs. Auto Collisions
About a third of all bicycle collisions involve a motor vehicle—and most times, result in serious injury or death. These accidents can occur when a car forces a cyclist off a road, turns in front of a cyclist’s path, or when a driver gets distracted. Victims who are injured in a bicycle accident may be able to sue for compensation.
Product Liability and Bicycles: Accidents and Defective Bicycle Parts
Like any product, bicycles can contain defective parts. These defects can result from poor design, malfunctioning components, or improper assembly; and they could affect the aluminum frame welding, the brakes, tires and air tubes, or even the chain. If an injury occurs as the result of these defects, a manufacturer or retailer could be held liable for any injuries or death. If you believe part failure was the reason for your accident, it is imperative that you keep all of the parts of your bicycle until your case is resolved.
Bicycle Accidents Caused by Roadway Defects
Road defects—like potholes, road cracks or a myriad of other hazards—can play a big part in bicycle accidents. Should you be injured as the result of a road defect, the county or city government that maintains the road could be held responsible. Note: if you decide to file a claim against a municipality or government entity, you only have sixth months after the accident to do so.
Head Injuries and Helmets
In bicycle accidents, head injuries are often the leading cause of death. Although a helmet will never prevent an accident, it can reduce your chances of having a traumatic brain injury. No matter what the law says, therefore, it is important that you always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
What to Do After a Bicycle Accident
After a bicycle accident, you should immediately seek medical attention—even if you think you’re okay. Secondly, it is important that you keep all evidence, including your bike, your helmet or any other equipment that got damaged in the accident. Take picture of the scene, get the contact information of all of the witnesses present during the accident, and hire a personal injury lawyer to make sure your rights are best protected.