January 24, 2017 | Bicycle Accidents
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that there were approximately 50,000 pedal cyclists injured in 2014. When bicyclists are involved in collisions with motor vehicles, the results can be catastrophic. In many cases, victims sustain injuries lie broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), facial fractures, and even spinal cord injuries.
Riding a bicycle is an inherently dangerous activity, as bicyclists have very little protection from the elements. Fortunately, there are certain steps that you can take to reduce your risk of involvement in an accident.
If drivers cannot see you, they cannot avoid you. You should take steps to make sure that you are as visible as possible when you ride. These include the following:
Bicyclists have the duty to follow the rules of the road like anyone else does. Make sure you are familiar with the legal requirements of riding on the roadways, including:
Bicycles require regular inspection, maintenance, and repair. If your bicycle has a defect, a malfunction while riding can result in a collision and injuries. Brakes, tires, gears, and other parts should be kept in good condition at all times to ensure safe riding.
At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many bicycle accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have a bicycle accident attorney handling your case. Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting in her office or by meeting in your home. Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.