Common Injuries from Bicycle Accidents
Cyclists have very little protection in the event of an accident. As a result, bike crashes tend to result in serious injuries, such as:
- Deep cuts and abrasions, including road rash
- Dislocated joints
- Broken bones
- Ligament, tendon, and muscle sprains/strains and tears
- Herniated discs
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Head and facial injuries
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Bicycle Accident?
After a bicycle, several parties may be liable. It all depends on the facts of your case.
Examples of potentially liable parties include:
- A driver who hits your bicycle
- The employer of the driver who hit you, if the driver was on the job at the time of the crash
- The manufacturer of the bike or its parts, if the accident was caused by a design or manufacturing defect
- The state or local government responsible for managing the area where the bicycle accident occurred, if the wreck was caused by defective road design or negligent maintenance
What to Do If You Are in a Bicycle Accident
If you were hurt in a Montgomery bicycle accident, you can take steps to protect your legal rights starting immediately after the crash. Here’s what to do:
- Call 911. Paramedics need to check you for injuries. Police can investigate the accident and file an official report.
- Get names and numbers. Get contact and insurance information from each driver involved in the accident. If there were witnesses, get their names and numbers, too.
- Document the scene. If you can, take photos or video of the crash site. Make sure to include damage to your bike and involved vehicles, traffic signs and signals, road debris, weather and lighting conditions, and your injuries.
- See a doctor as soon as possible. If you didn’t need emergency transportation from the scene, see your doctor right away to check for any hidden injuries.
- Follow doctor’s orders. Follow all treatment instructions that you receive. Fill all prescriptions and attend every appointment.
- Keep a record of your accident-related costs. Bills, invoices, receipts, and pay stubs can help document your financial losses.
- Get help from a bicycle accident attorney. Bicycle injuries tend to be severe. A knowledgeable lawyer can help put an appropriate value on your case and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Bicycle Accident Safety Tips
Follow these simple safety tips to keep yourself safe when biking on Montgomery roads:
- Always wear a helmet. A properly fitted helmet can decrease the risk of a traumatic brain injury by as much as 88 percent.
- Wear protective gear. Along with a helmet, elbow and knee pads can cushion the blow of a crash on other vulnerable body parts.
- Stay visible. Choose brightly colored clothing or add reflective tape to your helmet and clothes to increase your visibility to motorists. A neon vest is an easy and lightweight way to stay visible.
- Fit your bike. Pick a bicycle that you can sit comfortably on. If you don’t fit the bike properly, it’s easier to lose control in an emergency.
- Maintain your bicycle. Like a car, bikes need routine care. Check that your tires, gears, brakes, and chains are in good shape before heading out.
- Use reflectors on your bike. It’s also good to wear lights at night or in low-visibility conditions.
- Ride defensively. Stay focused on your surroundings, always assume that others cannot see you, and leave yourself “out” in case of an emergency.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident in Montgomery, contact Stokes Stemle, LLC to speak with one of our skilled and compassionate attorneys about your case. We’ll provide you thorough and honest evaluation in a free consultation.
When you work with us, you get a personal injury firm committed to delivering top-quality services and the best possible results for you. Call us now to get started.