Bicycle accidents, much like motorcycle accidents, are one of the most dangerous types of collisions. The latest studies show that 52,000 bicyclists per year are involved in collisions resulting in an injury of some kind. Bicyclists and motorcyclists have little to protect them from bodily harm in the event of a collision with a vehicle. Speed and road/weather conditions are examples of conditions that might cause even more bodily harm to a cyclist. In the event of an accident of this nature, it is important to seek dependable legal counsel to ensure that the law is on your side.
There are typical types of bicycle/automobile accidents that occur most often:
- Left-hand turn: where a vehicle turns left directly into the path of a cyclist going the opposite direction. The vehicle driver often never even sees the cyclist until impact is imminent.
- Right hook: where a vehicle passes a cyclist who’s riding in the bike lane or right shoulder going the same direction, then immediately makes a right turn directly into the bicyclist’s path.
- Other situations arise, such as car doors opening into a bicyclist’s path, or rear-end collisions.
No matter how mild you think your injuries might be, we recommend filing a police report at the scene in the event of an accident. Seek immediate medical treatment.
Additionally, be sure to obtain the vehicle driver’s insurance information, address, phone number and license plate number. If there are witnesses to the collision, get their names and phone numbers as well.
If you have been harmed in any type of accident, it is recommended that you seek an experienced personal injury attorney like Joseph Lariscy to negotiate the best possible settlement for your case. Joseph Lariscy has handled bicycle vs. auto accident cases, and has proven to negotiate the best possible outcome for our clients.
Call our office at 706-389-4375 today or contact us online for a free consultation.