Have you been hit by a car while riding your bicycle?
Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2016
Have you been hit by a car while on a bicycle?
Going for a bike ride is a fun and enjoyable experience that many people partake in everyday. Although road hazards can cause a person to fall off their bikes, the biggest danger while riding a bike is being struck by an automobile. According to a report by FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System), in 2014, 762 people were killed after being struck by an automobile while riding their bike, which is the highest since 2006 when 772 cyclists lost their lives (nhtsa.gov, 2015). This breaks down to about two cyclists for every day of the year. This is pretty tragic if you really think about. That’s two lives lost every day for a year just because they decided to ride their bike instead of walking or driving. This misfortune can also affect family, loved ones, and life partners, and nobody will suffer more than those who have lost someone they love because of the carelessness or recklessness of another person.
At Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento, we understand what you are going through, and we are here to help you find compensation for your hardship. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed by the carelessness of a driver, call (916) 419-1111 to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles” (cdc.org, 2016). Bicyclists are more likely to be struck by a car when the motorist is making a left turn and collide with the cyclist head-on and when the motorist makes a right turn directly in front of the cyclists, causing the cyclist to collide with the car. There are many more situations where cyclists are hit by cars. For instance, a person can open their door and knock a biker off of their bike, a driver can rear-end a cyclist, or the driver can stop unexpectedly causing the cyclist can rear-end the car. All of these accidents can lead to a tremendous injury or even death, and the risk of an accident increases during night time. Other factors that may contribute to bicycle accidents include: experience level of the rider, location, and alcohol or drug use. Being under the influence of drugs and alcohol increases the possibility of a fatality when it comes to accidents.
What to do after being in a cycling accident with an automobile?
After being involved in an accident with an automobile, the very first thing you should do is decide whether or not you need medical attention. Hopefully, you are healthy enough to walk away or still be alive. Regardless of how minor the accident, you should still notify the police. Once a police report is filed and all of the information is gathered about the accident, the story cannot be changed when it is submitted to insurance, which is typically when the story changes drastically. It is also important for you to gather as much information as possible about the driver, including their driver’s license information, their insurance, address, phone number, and, most importantly, their license plate and car features. If people witnessed the accident, you will certainly want to gather their contact information as well (i.e., names, phone numbers, and what they saw). Do not admit fault and do not minimize your injuries because you do not know if your injuries will arise at a later time once the adrenaline from the accident has worn off. At Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento, our top priority is to ensure the safety, recover, and sufficient compensation for our clients.
If you have been injured by an automobile while on your bike or if a family member has lost their life because of the accident, please call (916) 419-1111 today, so the attorneys at Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento can walk you through the process. We are here to help. We want to help. Call (916) 419-1111 now!