Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Millions of Americans are injured or killed in automobile accidents each year. But you may be surprised to know that 2% of all traffic fatalities occur as a result of bicyclists colliding with motor vehicles. Pedestrians, too, are more than 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than a passenger in a vehicle, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In fact, pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents are up slightly in urban areas across the country. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents claims are becoming increasingly common.
Causes of Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
As is the case with most accidents, negligence is regularly the cause, either on the part of the motorist or the bicyclist or pedestrian. Intoxication, distraction and failure to follow the rules of the road can have devastating consequences. Even if a car is traveling slowly, a pedestrian or bicyclist can still sustain very serious injuries in an accident with an automobile.
Negligence Runs Both Ways
It is important to note that bicyclists and pedestrians share the responsibility of abiding by traffic laws. If a bicyclist weaves in and out of traffic or cuts in front of a vehicle, he runs the risk of causing an accident. Similarly, if a pedestrian decides to cross the street at any area other than a designated crosswalk, she would be negligent in the event of an accident.
If you are a bicyclist or pedestrian who was injured in an automobile accident, establishing fault will be essential as you move forward with your personal injury claim. Remember that your insurance company will need plenty of documentation to settle your claim. And if your case goes to court, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side will be extremely important.