Injured in a bicycle accident?
Every year, approximately 50,000 people are injured as a result of a collision between a bicycle and some type of vehicle, usually a car. Even if the cyclist is wearing protective gear such as helmet, he or she are is very vulnerable to serious injury due to the extreme difference in mass between a bicycle and any motor vehicle.
Additional hazards that can result in collisions include objects in the road, unsafe traffic conditions such as potholes and wheel ruts, and poor weather conditions. Injuries from bicycle accidents are often serious and include:
- Facial fractures
- Broken bones
- Scrapes and abrasions
- Abdominal soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
Head injuries are far and away the most common that are suffered by bicyclists and can range from cuts and contusions, to concussions, and even hemorrhages. These types of injuries, even if minor, can have long-term effects on concentration, memory, attention span, and other cognitive abilities.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you have a legal right to seek damages for your medical treatment and care, loss of income, rehab, and other economic as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
The first thing to do if you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident is to seek medical treatment ASAP. Internal injuries, neck, back, and wrist problems may not be immediately apparent after your accident. It’s important to keep all records and details of your initial exam as well as records of your hospital stay and what types of treatment you had.
Make sure that a police report is filed after your accident. Preserve as much evidence as possible from the scene of the accident, the names and contact information of those involved, and any possible witnesses.
The injuries that result from bicycle accidents can have a long-lasting impact on your future. You’ll need compensation to help cover the financial costs of your medical treatment and recovery, especially if you don’t have health insurance. Other factors to consider when discussing compensation is your time away from work which will result in loss wages, rehabilitation, and home health care, if needed.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help to protect your rights and maximize the compensation for your injuries.
Long term solutions
If you are involved in an bicycle accident, there are going to be concerns about ongoing medical bills, especially if you’ve suffered from head injuries such as concussions or more traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries. You need the services of a skilled personal injury lawyer.
In South Dakota, Rapid City personal injury attorneys, Greg Yates and Michael Schubeck, offer personalized, compassionate legal advice and counsel to victims of bicycle accidents. With more than 40 years of experience between them, they’ll work tirelessly on your case to make sure that you receive fair compensation through a negotiated settlement, jury verdict, or award.
Contact our office to schedule your free legal consultation.