Cyclists continue to be one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in Texas and across the nation, and although they only make up about one percent of roadway traffic, they account for two percent of all crash fatalities each year. Bicycle accidents in Conroe and all over the country can leave victims in the hospital, out of work and feeling like they’re out of options. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident due to somebody else’s dangerous, negligent or distracted behavior, you need to speak with a bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible about your injuries.
Bicycle Crashes by The Numbers
- In 2014, 726 cyclists were killed in crashes across the nation.
- An additional 50,000 cyclists were injured in crashes in 2014.
- In 2014, 50 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Texas.
- Children under 15 years of age accounted for seven percent of all cyclist deaths in 2014.
- That same age group also accounted for 11 percent of cyclists injured in crashes.
- Most fatal bicycle crashes happened at non-intersections (56 percent).
- About half of all cyclist fatalities occurred in daylight hour crashes.
- Six percent of cyclist fatalities happened during dawn or dusk conditions.
Distracted Drivers and Bicycle Accidents
The distracted driving epidemic has taken a toll on cyclists in Texas and all over the country too. When drivers are texting or engaging in other distracted behaviors behind the wheel, they’re not looking out for cyclists or safely sharing the road with other motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcycle riders. Distracted drivers aren’t paying attention to the road and are likely to leave their lane or engage in other dangerous driving maneuvers around cyclists and other roadway users. Listed below are some additional common causes for injury causing and fatal bicycle accidents.
Bicycle Accident Causes
- Distracted drivers
- Alcohol or drug impaired drivers
- Drivers ‘buzzing’ cyclists
- Defective bicycle equipment and parts- faulty forks, stems, frames, quick-releases, seat posts and handlebars
- Left hand turn accidents
- Reckless driving
Costs Associated With Bicycle Accidents
Your initial hospital bill after a bicycle accident is just the tip of the iceberg. Depending upon the severity of your injuries, you could be facing multiple surgical procedures, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and the lifelong impact of a chronic or potentially irreversible condition or injury. While the medical bills are piling up, you could be out of work for who knows how long. A family member might also have to miss work in order to take you to any important doctor’s appointments or even quit their job indefinitely to provide necessary home care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data from fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to cyclists resulted in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $10 billion nationwide.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
Cyclists are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups for a number of reasons. They don’t have airbags, seat belts or steel safety cages to protect them in the event of a crash. Even with helmets and other protective gear, cyclists can become devastatingly, catastrophically and even fatally injured in crashes involving larger passenger occupant vehicles. What might only be a fender-bender for your car could be a deadly crash for a bicycle rider. A variety of different injuries can occur including neck and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, loss of limbs, paralysis, fractures, abrasions, internal organ damage and many other moderate to severe injuries.
After a Bicycle Accident
After a bicycle accident, you need to have your immediate medical needs addressed first. Whether you were airlifted, transported from the scene by an ambulance or went to see your family doctor the following day, you need to get checked out. Once your immediate medical needs have been addressed, you need to get in touch with a bicycle accident attorney who has proven bicycle accident case experience. It’s also essential that you do not fix or repair any of the damage that occurred to your bicycle during the accident, because it could be important to your injury claim and possible lawsuit.
When to Call a Bicycle Accident Attorney
After any type of bicycle accident due to somebody else’s dangerous, negligent or distracted behavior, it’s essential to speak with a bicycle accident attorney about your case. You may be able to recover compensation for hospital bills, future medical care, rehabilitation expenses, loss of income, physical and emotional pain and suffering and a loss of quality of life. Whether you were hit by a car or cut off in traffic, a lawyer can be your advocate as you recover from your injury and begin to put your life back together.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in or around the Conroe area, contact a bicycle accident attorney at the Scott Law Firm for a free case consultation. Call Now 936-270-8100 or fill out the form on this webpage.