Bicyclists have little protection and share the road with inattentive drivers in much larger vehicles. Throw in the inadequate lane space, it is no wonder bicyclists are among the most vulnerable commuters on the road in Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas! The personal injury lawyers at Strauch Green & Mistretta, P.C. have the experience and knowledge required to handle complicated personal injury claims resulting from bicycle accidents.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
The sheer difference in the size and weight of the vehicles involved in bicycle crashes can lead to serious injuries to a cyclist while the driver of a car or truck often walks away unharmed. Common injuries that stem from bicycle accidents include:
- Head trauma
- Fractured clavicle
- Hand fractures
- Elbow fractures
- Joint dislocation
Bicycle crashes can also result in catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis, brain damage, and nerve damage. If you or someone you love is injured in a bicycle accident, it is important to consider the long-term effects of these injuries. A personal injury lawyer who is experienced in handling bicycle accident claims can help you successfully pursue your legal claims against the responsible party and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Safety Tips for Bicyclists
The best way to prevent bicycle accident injuries is to avoid getting into one in the first place! Here are a few safety tips for bicyclists:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Wear brightly colored clothing, so drivers can see you.
- Purchase a rear-view mirror for your bike. The more visibility you have, the better your chances are of avoiding an accident!
- Obey all traffic laws, just as you would if you were driving in a car.
- Be sure to use lights when you are riding in the evening or at night. Reflectors are insufficient.
Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Raleigh or Winston-Salem
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, 736 accidents involving bicycles occurred in 2016, and most of them resulted in an injury. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle crash, contact our experienced lawyers at Strauch Green & Mistretta, P.C. by completing the short form below. Or, for immediate assistance, call our Raleigh law firm at 919-278-7453 or our Winston-Salem office at 336-725-8688.