In 2016, 840 bicyclists were killed in automobile accidents in the U.S. [Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)]. The majority of bicycle deaths that were reported generally occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and were more common in urban areas compared to rural areas, says the NHTSA. Aside from bicycle-related accidents being responsible for taking innocent lives, they also lead to thousands of others who are forced to suffer from an injury. Sometimes, these injuries are minor, and the rider is able to recover from them. However, there are other times when an injury is so severe that it causes a victim to suffer from a permanent disability.
Now, there are two common ways these accidents tend to occur. The first is when a bicyclist falls. This can happen as a result of their own error or when a vehicle has forced them off the roadway. The other is when a vehicle makes physical contact with the bicyclist. Although Louisiana bike riders are given the right to ride on the road with motorists, many drivers fail to provide them the same respect they do to other motorists. This, in turn, often results in the bike rider getting hurt.
Some of the most common injuries a bicyclist might sustain include:
- A soft tissue injury- This type of injury can result in a victim experiencing “pain, swelling, bruising, and damage.” Soft-tissue injuries can be classified as one of the following: contusion, sprain, tendonitis, bursitis, stress injury, or strain” [Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine].
- Musculoskeletal trauma- These types of injuries range from bone fractures, muscle strains, herniated discs., etc.
- Head injuries- These are among the worst types of injuries a bicyclist can sustain and are often the leading cause of death among those involved in an accident. If a biker is strong enough to survive a head injury, they might suffer from a long-term disability.
[Source: American Family Physician].
Anytime anyone is involved in an accident with a vehicle while riding their bike and they suffered an injury as a result, it is important that they consult with an Alexandria, LA personal injury attorney.
Why should I consult with an LA personal injury lawyer after having been involved in an accident while riding my bike?
One of the reasons why accident victims are encouraged to seek legal advice following a bike accident is because a lawyer can explain what forms of legal action they are permitted to take. The reason many victims are encouraged to take legal recourse against an at-fault party is not only to obtain justice for the pain and suffering they have been forced to live with, but also to recover compensation so they are able to afford medical treatment and as well as the bills that have accrued as a result of them not being able to work. The reality is, just because a person suffers an injury in an accident doesn’t mean their debtors are going to be understanding when it comes time for them to get paid.
Therefore, if you have been involved in an accident with a motorist who displayed careless or negligent behavior which led to an accident occurring, contact the Jones Law Firm at 318-442-1515 to learn more about how we can help you recoup the compensation you not only need but deserve.
You can call or visit the Jones Law Firm at:
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Alexandria, LA 71301