When bicycles and motor vehicles collide, it is often catastrophic for the bicyclist. There are several factors that can affect just how serious a bicycle accident is, such as the size of the motor vehicle, how fast the vehicle was going, where the bicyclist was hit, whether the bicyclist was wearing a helmet, and so on. The fact of the matter is, bicyclists have much less protection than those in cars, and they are often no match for those in motor vehicles. Bicyclists are often seriously injured in these accidents; in many cases, these accidents are fatal. The tragic statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that out of the estimated 600,000 individuals treated in emergency rooms each year for bicycle accidents, approximately 824 people die. Additionally, it has been revealed that approximately 384 children are killed in bicycle accidents every year.
Bicycle accidents may potentially result in a number of different injuries, including, but not limited to:
- Head injuries
- Bone fractures
- Cuts and scrapes
- Spinal injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Fatal injuries
Because many states have enforced helmet laws for bicyclists, many bicyclists follow these rules and wear their helmets when bicycling. Many bicyclists also understand the importance of helmet use when it comes to their safety, and happily comply with these laws in order to protect themselves. Unfortunately, even when all precautions are taken and bicyclists exercise extreme caution, they can still easily be injured on the road if motorists are not careful. Drivers are not only expected to share the road with others, including bicyclists, but they must always be diligent and aware. This is especially the case in residential areas and near parks and playgrounds, where children are commonly found riding bicycles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also provided specific suggestions that can help drivers be more mindful of bicyclists on the road. The organization points out that regardless of the season, the majority of bike vs. car accident cases occur most often between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. While drivers should always be on the lookout for bicyclists and pedestrians, they should be particularly diligent during the evening hours, especially when visibility can be limited.
Were you or a loved one hurt in a bike vs. car accident? It can be especially tragic and frustrating to know that the accident could have potentially been prevented if it wasn’t for the negligence of a driver. In this scenario, you may already be working with a personal injury lawyer to recover monetary damages. To make matters even more frustrating for many plaintiffs, it can be difficult to know, with certainty, when their cases will settle. Because so many plaintiffs depend on this money for taking care of bills and expenses, especially unanticipated costs that resulted directly from their accidents, waiting for a case to settle can be a mentally exhausting process. At USClaims, we provide pre-settlement funding whichcan help plaintiffs during this dire and trying time.
A lawsuit advance, or pre-settlement funding, is an alternative to those waiting on cases to settle, without rushing through the settlement process. This option allows a plaintiff to receive money before their case settles, and while their attorney works hard at fighting for the justice they deserve. Learn more about how the process works and find out if your case is eligible, and contact us today!