More people are getting out and riding bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles for recreation, health benefits, or work-commutes. Unfortunately, this increases the chances of crashes involved motor vehicles and bicycles or other non-motorized vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently determined that 2% of all traffic fatalities involved bicycles or pedal operated vehicles. Additionally, 2% of people injured in motor vehicle accidents were people on bicycles or other non-motorized vehicles.
Unfortunately, many people believe bicyclists are responsible for causing crashes because they think bicyclists should watch out for vehicles and be able to avoid the vehicles. So proving who caused a crash involving a bicyclist can be difficult and is often disputed very aggressively by insurance companies. Not only will insurance companies dispute liability, but they will often improperly value the property damage to bicycles.
If you suffered a bicycle injury, then you need an attorney that will help you understand your claims and rights.
What Can you Recover?
If you are riding your bicycle and injured by a motor vehicle, you may be able to recover:
- Past medical bills;
- Future medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Future wages;
- Money for lost wages you cannot earn in the future because of your injuries;
- Pain and suffering while you are recovering from your injuries; and
- Property damage to your bicycle.