While driver negligence is one of the most common causes of bicycle accidents, there are other factors that can lead to a crash. Regardless of what causes a bicycle accident, the injuries can often be serious or sometimes fatal. At the Cole Law Office, we will fight to pursue the compensation you deserve so you can focus on recovery.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), fatal bicycle accidents have been on the rise for the past decade. From 2009 to 2018, the annual number of bicycle crash fatalities rose 30%. However, the number of preventable nonfatal injuries has declined substantially from more than 518,000 to less than 290,000.
Although bicycle accident injuries are decreasing, riding a bike still comes with some risks.There are several ways a bike accident may occur. Some of the most common causes include:
- Driver negligence: Drivers often cause avoidable accidents by speeding, tailgating, switching lanes without a signal, opening a door in the path of a bicyclist, or driving while distracted or intoxicated.
- Roadway hazards: Any issues with a road can be a dangerous hazard for a bicyclist, including potholes, uneven sidewalks, broken traffic signals, debris, or poor intersection design.
- Bicycle defects: The main mechanical failures of bikes range anywhere from a weak frame to improper brakes. Always make sure your bike is checked for these defects.
- Defective vehicle: Everybody on the road should have a vehicle that is safe to operate. Missing mirrors or windows can lower visibility, leading to a preventable accident.
No matter what caused your bicycle accident, you should seek the assistance from personal injury attorney David Cole. He can help you file an accurate claim that accounts for all the damages you incur.
Injured in a Bicycle Accident? Contact Cole Law Office Today
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident and need help managing your claim, call the Cole Law Office today at 800-909-LAWS (5297) to set up a free consultation. Attorney David Cole knows how devastating the injuries can be and will help you pursue compensation while you recover. We are proud to serve clients living in Hanover, Lyme, and other nearby New Hampshire communities.