Bicycle Accident Statistics
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – In the United States in 2015, there were approximately 467,000 injuries related to bicycles and approximately 1,000 bicyclists’ deaths.
- National Safety Council – In 2018, there were 1,024 bicyclists’ deaths in the United States. Of the 1,024 deaths, 682 were from involvement in motor-vehicle accidents and 342 from other bicycle incidents.
- United States Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System – More male bicyclists, than female bicyclists, have been killed in motor-vehicle accidents every year since 1975.
Risks of Bicycle Riding
Bicycles traveling on roadways by law have the same responsibilities and rights and face the same risks as motor vehicles. The most common risks of riding a bicycle that involve hiring a bicycle accident lawyer include:
- Motor-vehicle traffic
- Road hazards
What Are Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
The following common causes of bicycle accidents can increase the probability of accidents involving a motor-vehicle driver and a bicyclist.
- Location familiarity: Riding in unfamiliar areas increases the probability that the rider will not be prepared to adjust for traffic signals, crosswalks, and road hazards that they may encounter increasing the potential for loss of control, which can lead to a bicycle crash with a motor vehicle.
- Light condition: Lack of light, early morning and night, can cause visibility issues, and a driver might not see the bicyclist, which can lead to a bike crash.
- Speed: Speeding decreases the time a driver has to avoid a bicyclist.
- Distraction: Drivers failing to be 100% focused on the road and the surrounding traffic while texting, talking, eating, searching for items or other actions will have little to no awareness of bicyclists on the roadway, and can even swerve into a bike lane accidentally.
- Intoxication: Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescription medication impair normal function, reaction time, and vehicle control.
- Embedded debris
- Eye trauma
- Internal bleeding
- Mild and traumatic brain injuries
- Rectal trauma
Bicycle Accident Lawsuits
Who Can Be Held Liable in Bicycle Accident Lawsuits?
In all 50 states, bicyclists are given the same rights and duties of a vehicle driver. An injured cyclist who was hurt by a negligent motorist can bring a bicycle accident lawsuit against the driver for negligence. If the motorist was driving a commercial vehicle, the company that owns the vehicle could be held liable. Cities and road construction companies can be liable for road hazard accidents where their zones are unsafe for cyclists.
Some states have Vulnerable Road User (VRU) laws that legally protect non-steel-cage-vehicle road users. The VRU imposes an increased penalty for road negligence that leads to severe injury. Only Washington, Hawaii, Delaware, Oregon and Vermont have VRU laws. However, the District of Columbia and 17 other states enforce aspects and penalties associated with VRU.
Bicycle accident cases can be complex in liabilities, laws and damages. If you need help navigating a bicycle accident lawsuit, contact The Law Center and let us connect you with an established bicycle accident lawyer near you.
What Will My Bicycle Accident Lawyer Need to Prove in My Bicycle Injury Claim?
In order to prove a bicycle injury claim, the plaintiff will need to prove that negligence was involved by the motorist or other external factors. Negligence requires that the defendant, at-fault driver, neglected to provide a duty of care to the plaintiff (bicyclist) and the breach of that duty of care caused the harm claimed by the plaintiff.
Types of Bicycle Lawsuit Damages
- Medical treatment bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
In certain circumstances punitive damages, to punish the defendant for egregious disregard for the plaintiff, may also be awarded to accident victims in a bicycle lawsuit.
Wrongful Death Bicycle Accidents
Wrongful death occurs when a death is the result of negligence, abuse or carelessness. Negligent acts or behaviors that could result in wrongful death can include careless driving, speeding, texting, driving intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, intentional attacks of violence or death as a result of the course of another crime.
Bicycle Accident Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for bicycle accidents vary from state to state. To learn more about the negligence in your accident and its specific statute of limitations, connect with an expert bicycle accident lawyer who is knowledgeable in bicycle law in your state at 866-465-1419 or fill out the case form below.
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Finding a Leading Bicycle Accident Lawyer
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