In the United States, there are approximately 85 million cyclists, and every day hundreds of them are injured upon suffering bicycle accidents. Each year more than 500,000 people are treated by emergency departments for these accidents, with 67,000 of them sustaining head injuries and 1 of every 8 reporting a brain injury. However, many of them are not completely reported because they were not considered severe enough to seek emergency care.
Cyclists always run the risk of being involved in serious accidents, and even losing their lives, due to the recklessness or lack of alertness on the part of car, bus, and truck drivers; roadways in poor condition; or factory defects. The total cost of these accidents each year is approximately $81 million dollars, mainly due to failure to use a helmet.
The most common injuries resulting from bicycle accidents are:
- Head trauma with possible brain injury
- Fractured bones
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal damage
- Dismemberment or amputation
Here are some of the factors related to the causes of these accidents, which are principally caused by automobile drivers:
- Not checking blind spots, which is where cyclists are often riding
- Sudden turns
- Not considering the space needed by a cyclist
- Ignoring stop signs
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
At the same time, we will give some recommendations for cyclists to avoid these accidents:
- The use of a helmet is essential for all cyclists
- Obey all traffic signals
- Always try to ride in areas designated for cyclists or at the edge of the street
- Never carry another person on the bicycle
- Always be aware of the vehicles around you
- Maintain your equipment in good condition
If you or a family member have been injured as a result of a bicycle accident, caused by a third party’s negligence or a factory defect, you are entitled to make a claim against the party responsible for your injury and receive financial compensation and medical treatment for the damages suffered.
Don’t let more time go by: it’s important to act immediately, since you only have 6 months to open a claim within the time limit established by law.
At the same time, if you have been involved in a bicycle accident while working, even if it was due to your own carelessness, you are entitled to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Don’t hesitate to call Grupo MedLegal immediately. We have lawyers who are highly specialized in the type of injuries caused by bicycle accidents who will provide the necessary support to receive just compensation for the damages sustained, as well as immediate medical attention provided by highly qualified specialists.