A Bike Accident Injury Can Cause Severe Damages
While most cycle accidents involve just the cyclist, the worst bike accident injury cases typically include a motor vehicle. Clearly, cyclists are no match for cars, and with little impact protection, a cyclist may sustain thousands of pounds of force in an instant. Broken bones, friction burns, and deep lacerations are common, and severe injury like traumatic brain or spine damage is entirely possible. For this reason, it’s essential for cyclists to practice safe traffic procedures and ensure they never put themselves in a dangerous situation.
A bike accident injury may be long-term or permanent, but even though the cyclist will always bear the brunt of the impact, they can still be liable in some instances. Cycles are considered vehicles by most traffic laws, so they must stop and yield at stop signs, and may only cross streets at intersections or marked off areas. Cyclists often overestimate their own speed and suffer a collision while violating traffic laws. In these cases, the cyclist will be liable for any damages, as long as the motorist was not speeding.
However, there are two common cases where the motorist is almost always considered responsible. The “left hook” is one, and refers to a motorist attempting a left-hand turn in front of a cyclist, only to hit them as they travel through the intersection. The other, the “right cross,” refers to a motorist attempting a right turn that takes them into the path of the cyclist. In both cases, the motorist typically does not see the cyclist, or misjudges their speed.
No matter the circumstances surrounding the accident, a personal injury lawyer can review the claim and help the victim determine their best course of action.