It is estimated that more than 57 million Americans ride bikes. Bicycles are no longer just for kids. They are regularly used for transportation, travel, work, fun, exercise and even sports (cycling, tri-althons, etc.).
Both drivers and cyclists must obey the law. At a minimum drivers of motor vehicles need to share the road with bicyclists and must be courteous—allow at least three feet clearance when passing a bicyclist on the road. Cyclists are considered vehicle operators and are therefore required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration, in 2011, there were 677 cyclists killed and 48,000 seriously injured in traffic accidents. This accounts for 2% of all people injured in traffic accidents. Injuries often include bruises and road rash to catastrophic brain injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord paralysis, broken and dislocated shoulders, hips and limbs to even death.
The attorneys at Farmer Jaffe Weissing handle many different types of bicycle accident cases including when:
Additional causes for a bicycle accident include defective equipment and accessories (handlebars, pedals or helmets) and even road construction, unsafe roadways, sidewalks, overgrown vegetation and unsafe premises.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a cycling accident due to the negligence of a car or truck driver,motorcyclist, pedestrian, or a defective product and would like to learn more about your legal rights, contact the bicycle accident attorneys at Farmer Jaffe Weissing.
We have handled many personal injury and wrongful death accident cases and have achieved numerous multimillion-dollarverdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Our consultations with bicycle accident clients are free. If we take your case, we are only paid fees and costs of suit if we succeed in winning a recovery for you. We advance the costs of your case, too, so there’s no cost to you of bringing your lawsuit or claim.