Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Environmental factors such as impaired visibility and poor road or path conditions, including potholes, road debris, maintenance problems and even dog attacks can cause bicycle or pedestrian accidents. Negligent motorists often can cause bike accidents by opening a car door into a cyclist's path or not paying adequate attention while driving. It is the unfortunate truth that some motorists cause bicycle and pedestrian accidents by recklessly refusing to share the road and, in some cases, even forcing cyclists off the road or into a collision.
A cyclist, even when wearing a helmet and protective clothing, is no match for a car or truck. Bicycle accidents commonly result in a variety of serious injuries in addition to death. Common serious injuries from bicycle accidents include:
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severed limbs
- Serious abrasions or "road rash" that can lead to infection
These types of injuries may deprive a victim not only of his or her good health, but to their capacity to earn a living and the ability to care for his or her family. Bicycle and pedestrian accident victims often require costly medical care. The need for this care in cases involving catastrophic injuries may continue throughout the victim's entire life.
If you have been hurt while walking or riding a bike, call one of our personal injury attorneys at 716-636-7600 today for a free consultation.