Whether you are an experienced bicyclist or just like to ride for fun, sharing the road with drivers can be a risky undertaking. While bicyclists have the same rights to the roadway as motorists, far too often drivers of motor vehicles are inattentive and fail to properly yield to bicycles. Each year thousands of cyclists are seriously injured in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes and, according to the National Safety Council, the costs associated with bicyclist injuries and deaths exceed $4 billion per year.
While there are many factors that contribute to bicycle/motor vehicle crashes, many of these accidents are caused by negligent motorists, such as car and truck drivers who are speeding, texting and driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failing to obey traffic lights and signals, or engaging in other careless and reckless driving behaviors. Regardless of the reason for the accident, when a motor vehicle and bicycle collide, the bicyclist is likely to sustain severe injuries requiring extensive medical care and treatment. Some of the most common injuries victims of bicycle accident suffer include:
These injuries are often painful and can be life-changing for both the cyclist and their family members. In addition to costly medical care and treatment, the injured bicyclist may be unable to work for an extensive period of time and in the most unfortunate cases, the bicyclist may be permanently disabled.