Walking or riding your bike as a mode of transportation is a healthy and environmentally conscious decision that more people are making lately. However, bike lanes don’t always exist, and people driving cars are not always anticipating seeing a cyclist on the road or a person at a crosswalk. Unfortunately, bike and pedestrian accidents are all too common. These types of incidents are usually caused by reckless behavior from the driver; he or she is either texting, driving over the speed limit, failing to yield, disobeying traffic signs or intoxicated. If the driver was negligent and you are injured as a result, you have the right to receive compensation.
Car accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians often end worse than those involving just motorized vehicles. If you’re in a car and are struck by another car, you have all sorts of built-in safety features like airbags, seatbelts and even crumple zones to defer most of the crash impact away from where passengers sit. However, if you are hit while on a bike or using a crosswalk, you have no real protection besides maybe a helmet. Injuries sustained can be devastating, including broken bones, brain damage, or in the most severe cases, death.
Negligence in Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Simply being hit by a car while on your bike or crossing a street does not guarantee that you can make a personal injury claim. You will need to prove that the driver was in fact negligent and that you were not mostly at fault to receive compensation. If the driver had been drinking or was simply not paying attention while you were obeying walk signs and traffic signals, you will most likely be able to make a claim. However, if you were jaywalking or biking down the wrong way of a one-way street, the evidence may not be in your favor.
If you are hit while crossing the street or driving in a bike lane, the effects can take a huge toll on you and your family while you recover. With a serious injury, medical bills may pile up and have to take extended time off work without pay during this time period. With 20 years practicing personal injury law, experienced lawyer Edward Smith can help you through this tough time and fight on your behalf to get the money from the insurance companies that you deserve. Call today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your potential case.