When a car, bus, or truck slams into a bicycle at thirty or more miles per hour, almost inevitably, it’s the bicyclist who sustains the more severe injury. Since bicyclists are essentially unprotected – that is, not in a passenger compartment – they often suffer severe spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and limb injuries requiring amputation. These injury victims will require long-term or life-long compensation to cover medical care and rehabilitation. If you’re injured while bicycling in southern California, and a car, bus, or truck driver caused the accident by driving negligently, discuss your case and your options right away with an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer.
Bicycle riders already know that car, bus, and truck drivers frequently do not pay enough attention to their surroundings. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the U.S. in 2012, about 49,000 bicyclists were injured in collisions with cars, trucks, and buses. 726 bicyclists died in accidents that year. In the majority of these collisions, the car, bus, or truck driver was at fault – not the bicycle rider. When an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer represents you after a bicycling injury, your attorney will fight vigorously for the compensation you need and the justice you deserve. Do not hesitate to make the call. If you delay, evidence deteriorates and witnesses’ memories fade.
Although bicycles offer little protection, it’s imperative to take every possible safety measure. If you ride a bicycle in California, use a helmet. It’s mandatory for riders under 18 years old. Obey all of the rules of the road, and if you ride at night, have lights and reflectors – make certain that car, bus, and truck drivers can’t miss seeing you. If, despite taking reasonable safety measures, you’re injured by the negligence of one of those drivers while you’re bicycling, discuss your case as quickly as possible with an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer.