Riding a bicycle is a great way to get exercise and a green way to commute, not to mention an economically friendly means of transportation—the only fuel a bicycle requires is the power of your own two legs. However, riding a bicycle can also be hazardous for the cyclist when they encounter negligent motorists on the roadways. Too many people are more concerned with making it to work on time or checking their text messages while driving, and these people can cause devastating accidents resulting in severe injuries when their negligent driving behavior—be it distraction, red-light running, speeding, or ignoring a stop sign—leads them to crash into a cyclist. These negligent drivers can be held liable for the damages caused by their foolhardy actions in civil court and could be compelled to pay damages for the destruction they caused. If you need a bicycle accident lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today for a free case evaluation.
Bicycle accident facts and statistics
According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 800 people were killed in bicycle accidents in 2015, and as many as 45,000 people are estimated to have been injured in bike crashes that same year. Bicyclist fatalities and injuries are, overall, on the rise, with significant increases in fatality and injury numbers in 2015 compared to the figures from 2006. More than two-thirds of all fatal bicycle accidents occur in urban areas.
Tips for safe cycling
Although it is unfortunately not possible to fully mitigate the risks that come along with riding your bicycle, there are some steps you can take to make your rides a bit safer, including:
- Always wear a helmet when you ride
- Consider wearing a reflective vest when riding after dark
- Always use a headlight when riding at night or in poor visibility conditions
- Ride in dedicated bicycle lanes where possible
- Make sure your bike is mechanically well-maintained
The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help if you have been hurt
If you were hurt while riding your bike and need a bicycle accident lawyer in Camden, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can assist you with filing a claim. We believe that injury victims deserve justice, and we want to help you recover damages for your pain and suffering. Damages are given a dollar value by the courts and are assessed based on certain factors related to your case, such as medical bill costs, daily living expenses, lost wages, loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering endured due to injuries. These damages may then be paid out to you by the party that was liable for your injuries in the form of financial compensation. We will negotiate on your behalf to try to get you the maximum award, and it never costs a penny to contact us for a free consultation. Call or click today to speak to one of our attorneys.