Whether you use your bike for transportation or for sport, it’s important to be aware of the risks you take on the road. Bicycle accidents occur frequently, and almost all heavy cyclists have had at least one close encounter, if not an accident of some kind. As a Scarborough injury law firm, we don’t only handle victims who were in cars at the time of their injury. Bicyclists are often in need of lawyers who can accurately and skillfully represent them in court and get them the compensation that they need to recover from accidents.
Who Causes Bicycle Accidents?
While bicycles have the legal right to be (and often are required to be) used in the road, many motorists don’t see it that way. When driving, the motorists that actually take the time to look carefully for bicyclists are few and far between. Because of this negligence, there are many bicycle accidents every year where motorists are at fault. It’s also the responsibility of bicyclists to be alert when they’re in the road and to do their best to avoid the vehicles around them, as well as to abide by the rules of the road. Many cyclists will weave in and out of traffic, neglect to check over their shoulders, and fail to signal turns when motorists are around. This reckless behavior can lead to grievous injury and little chance for compensation, so it’s important to follow the rules when you rely on a bike for transportation.
Injuries You Can Sustain from Bicycle Accidents
The kind of injuries that you can acquire from a cycling accident range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones, internal bleeding, and even fatal injuries. If you’re wearing a helmet when an accident occurs, you’re far more likely to sustain survivable injuries, but getting hit while on a bike is much worse than getting hit in a car. Most bike accidents will require medical attention.
What to Do After a Bike Accident
If you have a run in while biking, be sure to collect the other person’s personal and insurance information so that you can get back in touch with them later about financial compensation. Bicycle accidents are no joke, and it’s important to get the information you need right away, as well as to write down everything you can recall about the accident as soon as possible while it’s still fresh in your mind.