Mountain Bike Accidents
In most cases, a mountain bike accident doesn’t look like the kind of crashes that occur in the city. Instead, they often happen on rough trails where line of sight is limited and simple mistakes can result in deadly injuries. That’s why when people are traveling in areas with rough terrain, it is essential that everyone keeps a look out for other vehicles and refrains from taking unnecessary risks. And riders should always wear safety equipment when heading out, including a helmet and thick clothing if possible. Still, crashes do happen to even the best prepared rider, and when that crash is caused by another rider’s or motorist’s negligence, then the victim should consider their legal options.
HOW CAN AN ATTORNEY HELP AFTER A MOUNTAIN BIKE ACCIDENT OCCURS?
Although uncommon, a rider on a rough terrain cycle may be hit while on the road. This may occur when the rider is traveling between two trails or when the rider is testing the cycle before going on a trip. Why the rider is using an off-road cycle on a street is unimportant, because these cases will be treated like all other incidents.
Cycles are considered vehicles when they are on the road, so a rider will need to observe all road signs and traffic laws to avoid taking on liability for a wreck. The most common causes of a wreck involving a cycle include a motorist turning left in front of a rider, and cutting the rider off when turning in front of them at an intersection. Riders can also be harmed when motorists open their doors in front of the cyclist, or when motorists fail to see the rider in their blind spot when changing lanes.
In most cases, a mountain bike accident occurs far from a road, though it can still be the result of a driver acting in error or another rider bumping the victim off the trail and into a tree, or a fall from up high. This is a strong reason why riders should always travel with a friend, as medical intervention may be needed right away.
Once the victim has received the medical attention they need to recover, they may want to consider filing a claim against the person responsible for the crash. Riders must signal their turns and movements when on the trail, and they must remain sober when operating a cycle. If they don’t, a mountain bike accident can happen and leave the victim with injuries ranging from burns, cuts and bruises, to traumatic brain injuries that never completely go away. Victims may face a long road to recovery, especially if they were not wearing protective gear at the time of a crash, and that means expensive therapy and medical treatment.
When a rider is on a secluded forest trail, they don’t expect to run into a motorist or other riders. But it can happen, and if injury does occur, an experienced attorney will help the victim recover the compensation they are entitled to.