The benefits of riding a bicycle include exercise, cheap and eco friendly form of transportation, and recreation. Unfortunately it can also put can also put a bicyclist in great danger. Like motorcyclists and pedestrians, bicyclists are considered “vulnerable road users” which means they have minute protection from injuries in a crash with a car, truck, or another type of vehicle.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident call the Law Offices of www.needaninjuryattorneyrhodeisland.com for a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers who can tell you if you have a case and if so work hard to get you the maximum settlement available to you.
Statistics reveal that around 85% of Americans ride a bike at least part of the time. When a bicycle is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, the outcome can be serious for the bicyclist who is more likely to sustain severe injuries than the occupants of a car. Bicycle riders and drivers share the responsibility to keep Rhode Island roads safe for bike riding. Be sure to wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Around 66% of all fatalities from bicycle accidents resulted from head injuries.
Drivers should be careful to notice bicyclists on or near the road. Refraining from speeding, obeying traffic laws, and reducing speed when driving past bicyclists are great ways to reduce the likelihood of a bicycle accident. Drivers should consider bicycles as other vehicles and abide by the rules. Being cautious and respectful of bicyclists and following traffic laws will also reduce the chances of being at fault if a bicycle accident does occur.
Bicycle accidents are common in Rhode Island, as well as the rest of the United States. Nationwide, bicyclists make up around two percent of those who lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents. That comes to around 672 deaths annually. Cyclist injuries resulting from car accidents total over 45,000 each year.
Because of its small size and fewer traffic deaths on average than the rest of the United States, the two bicycle deaths in the last year reported made up 3.1 percent of all traffic fatalities in Rhode Island.
If you are injured in bicycle accident through no fault of your own, you deserve compensation that will cover the costs related to the accident. Do not take the insurance companies lowball offer to pay off your immediate costs. Especially if your injuries are serious you could be recovering from your injuries for years to come and racking up tons of medical bills.
Someone else’s carelessness or recklessness can change your life forever in the blink of an eye. You shouldn’t have to take on all the issues that come with a bicycle accident injury and pay for all or most of the expenses out of your own pocket. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, please reach out to one of our dedicated attorneys at the Law Offices of www.needaninjuryattorneyrhodeisland.com for a free consultation today.