As growing numbers of new vehicles take to the roads in the United States every year, the risk to bicyclists increases substantially. 6.2 million traffic accidents take place on an annual basis, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and 2% of those accidents involve bicycles. That translates to approximately 124,000 bicycle accidents, which result in 50,000 injuries and 700 deaths. As bicycles afford no manner of protection for the rider, save for possibly a helmet and pads, accident victims can sustain injuries that include broken bones, internal hemorrhaging, spinal cord damage, brain damage, and coma.
One of the largest contributors to bicycle accidents is negligence on the part of motorists. Many car, truck, and SUV drivers simply to not pay adequate attention while driving, and collide with bicyclists at stop lights, stop signs, and roads where two or more lanes merge. If you have been harmed in a bicycle accident, there is a very strong chance you will be able to recover damages, and a Fort Bend injury lawyer can provide you with help in seeking that injury compensation.
Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles when out on the road. Traffic signs must be obeyed, and pedestrians must be given the right of way. However, Motorists must also drive in a manner that provides the maximum amount of safety for bicyclists, including recognizing bike lines and stopping for a bike when it crosses the street. In the event that you have been hurt in a bike accident brought about by motorist negligence, The Zand Law Firm is available to provide you with legal help. We will investigate all aspects of the accident in order to provide you with effective help in seeking compensation for your injuries and other damages.
If you have been harmed in a bicycle accident, contact a bicycle accident attorney right away.