Truckee Bicycle Accident Lawyer
More and more people regularly use their bikes to get from point A to point B. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s data shows that an increasing average number of Americans choose to ride their bikes for transportation every year. Whether you ride your bike to enjoy the fresh air, exercise, save money on gasoline and car maintenance, or just for fun, there are many benefits to being a cyclist. However, these benefits come along with an increased risk of being injured in an auto accident. While cyclists are typically responsible and watch out for their own safety, even minor accidents can cause significant injuries if you’re on a bike.
NHTSA has also released data showing that 50,000 cyclists are injured, and 800 die yearly in US accidents. While the issue is nationwide, California is a hazardous place for cyclists. Reports published by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) detail how serious cycling accidents are in our home state. These reports found that California has twice as many cyclist deaths as the national average. Furthermore, the reports indicated that the number of deadly accidents between cyclists and motor vehicles has risen steadily for several years.Common Cyclist Injuries
In most cases, cyclists sustain the worst injuries when involved in accidents that also include motor vehicles. Because people riding bikes aren’t protected by steel walls, airbags, or seat belts and almost always fall from their bicycles when struck, it’s common for cyclists to suffer a wide variety of severe injuries. Many of the injuries cyclists commonly suffer during accidents can affect them for a very long time. Other issues like loss of mobility, sensation, or chronic pain can become a lifelong challenge for crash survivors.
Throughout well over three decades of representing bicycle accident survivors, I’ve found that these injuries commonly affect cyclists:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Skull fractures
- Nerve damage
- Amputation injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back trauma
If you’d like to learn more about how you can stay safe while cycling on California roads, this short video produced by AAA has a lot of great safety tips for cyclists:How Can I Recover After a Bicycle Accident?
Sustaining a catastrophic injury is often life-changing. The physical recovery from an injury is often a painful and challenging process, but many crash survivors suffer from severe mental health issues from the accident. Recovering both physically and personally is also often very expensive. In many cases, injured cyclists face a host of medical expenses, including hospital stays, ambulance rides, surgeries, medication, physical therapy, in-home care, and much more. Paying for these costs can seem even more difficult if your injury has left you unable to work.
However, by contacting a Truckee bicycle accident attorney and pursuing a personal injury claim, injured cyclists can frequently claim compensation for all these damages. While every case is different, some of the more common types of compensation available to injured cyclists include:
- Damaged property repairs
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earning potential, wages, and/or income
- Household services
- Pain and suffering
If a bicycle accident left you or someone you care about with serious trauma, contact our Truckee injury lawyers for free, friendly advice. We can be reached at (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400.
We’ve worked with families and individuals from Truckee and nearby cities since 1982. To see how we’ve helped our clients, look at our firm’s prior settlements and verdicts.
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