According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 700 cyclists die in auto accidents every year. In 2013 alone, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 743 pedal cyclists and injured about 48,000 others. NHTSA bicycle accident statistics showed the number of cyclists killed or hurt annually has declined in recent years, but the total is still too high – especially with the growing trend of bicycle riding for commuting, health and fitness.
Although riding a bicycle alongside motorized vehicles can be dangerous when motorists behave negligently, bicyclists and drivers alike can take steps to prevent bicycle accidents. Every bike accident lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. has worked to protect the rights of bike accident victims and uphold the law by holding careless drivers accountable. We remain committed to increasing awareness about bicycle safety in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., with a goal of bringing the number of fatal and serious bicycle accidents in the Metropolitan area down to zero.
According to the NHTSA, 34 percent of traffic accidents resulting in pedal cyclist fatalities in the last year on record involved alcohol use by either the driver or the cyclist. Other leading causes of bike accidents include:
Serious bicycle accident injuries can result from a collision with a car, such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. These cycling injuries often require costly medical treatment and lengthy rehabilitation.
When it comes to paying medical and repair costs, we find many cyclists are unaware that they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries if driver recklessness or agency’s failure to properly maintain a road caused the bike accident. This is one important oversight that can lead to cyclists paying thousands of dollars out of pocket in damages for a crash they did not cause! Even if you think you may be at fault for the wreck, there are other factors a bike accident attorney can explore to recover compensation on your behalf.
To safely share the road with bicyclists, drivers should:
In order to minimize the risk of serious bicycle accident injuries and crashes, cyclists should:
Most traffic accidents of any kind are caused by someone’s negligence. When both drivers and cyclists are alert and aware on the road, many bicycle injuries and accidents can be prevented.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious bicycle injuries, or if a loved one died in a bike accident, learn about your legal rights from the experienced Washington, D.C. bicycle accident lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P.
Our firm has a proven track record of success representing victims of motor vehicle accidents. We are a nationally recognized firm with personal injury lawyers recognized for their achievements in personal injury law, accident law and workers’ compensation. It is our mission to fight to ensure you receive the fair and just bicycle accident compensation you deserve.
There is no financial risk to call to get free legal advice or to pursue your claim. We believe all victims deserve qualified and competent legal representation, regardless of their ability to afford an accident lawyer . If we do not recover a financial award for your bike crash, you will not owe us legal fees! Our promise to you is to work hard to recover the fairest available compensation for your damages. Contact us today for a free consultation.