Cycling is a growing trend among Texans. Whether you cycle for fun, exercise, or as an alternative means of transportation, you should be able to share the road with pedestrians, cars, and trucks.
Unfortunately, not all trucks and cars abide by the “Share the Road” rule which can often lead to a bicycle accident and numerous injuries.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
Cyclist are more generally more susceptible to injury because of their exposure. Thus, a bicycle accident will often lead to greater injuries than accidents involving two motor vehicles. Often, we see some of the following injuries in a bicycle accident:
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Road Rash
- Broken Bones
- Catastrophic Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Traumatic brain injuries are often a common injury in cycling accidents. Traumatic brain injury may take time to manifest after the accident. The victim should be monitored continuously for an extended period of time after the wreck for symptoms such as headaches, nausea, difficulty completing tasks, fatigue, insomnia, personality changes, or paranoia.
Hurt in a Bicycle Accident and Have no Health Insurance of Can’t Afford the Deductibles? We Can Help
Our firm has helped countless cycling accident victims get the treatment they need following an accident without any upfront money out of their pocket.
If you’ve been hurt in a cycling accident and need medical treatment, you may qualify for this program. To learn more, click here.
The Statistics Are Alarming!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 743 bicyclists died in traffic crashes in 2013.
Over 32,719 people were killed in crashes nationwide, thus cyclist deaths accounted for 2.3% of traffic crash related casualties in 2013.
Statistics have not been released for years since, but certain authorities indicate that the percentage is going up. Though disturbing, these statistics actualize the reality that cyclists are at a greater risk of death than their auto driver and passenger counterparts.
Another alarming statistic is the percentage of alcohol involvement in cyclist deaths in 2013.
Over 34% of all fatal cyclist traffic crashes in 2013 involved alcohol.
This statistic does not distinguish whether it was the cyclist or the motor vehicle operator who was under the influence, but drunk driving is obviously a huge contributing factor to cyclist related traffic crashes resulting in fatalities.
Why Do I Need a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
A Fort Worth Bicycle Accident Lawyer at Hutchison & Stoy, PLLC can help you navigate the insurance minefield. Often, we are able to locate insurance coverage that would otherwise not be disclosed or would remain unknown to the lay bicycle enthusiast.
With the severity of injuries often experienced in a bicycle wreck, the rule is generally, the more insurance coverage the better.
Moreover, the Warriors For Justice at Hutchison & Stoy, PLLC will fight to get you the care and compensation you deserve.
For more information or for a free consultation, contact a Fort Worth Bicycle Lawyer at Hutchison & Stoy, PLLC today at (817) 820-0100 or fill out a free case evaluation online.