With an increasing effort to “go green,” an increased number of people ride a bicycle or walk to work or school. Unfortunately, the incline in bicycles and pedestrians on the road goes hand-in-hand with an incline in bicycle and pedestrian-related accidents.
In any collision with a car or a truck, bicyclists and pedestrians alike have little protection against bodily harm and even death. The victims of such accidents often suffer significant injuries, and necessary medical care. Although insurance policies normally cover damages and medical costs incurred for those driving insured motor vehicles, many fail to extend similar benefits to the bicyclist or pedestrian whose injuries result from the negligence of the insured driver. This leaves the burden of picking up the tab on the at-fault driver’s insurance and, where inadequate or insufficient to cover the damages incurred, any ensuing medical expenses must be paid by the victim.
Drivers of motor vehicles must pay careful attention to bicyclists and pedestrians due to their larger mass and speed. Bicyclists and pedestrians are small in comparison and are often difficult to see, which makes them more prone to accidents. Drivers today are more distracted than ever while driving with the massive availability of MP3 players, portable DVD players, cell phones, and iPads. A distracted and negligent driver can easily crash into a bicyclist or pedestrian and ruin their lives.
Bicycle and pedestrian accidents usually occur when motorists fail to appreciate the presence a bicyclist, jogger, or pedestrian on the shoulder of the road or at an intersection. Consequently, a negligent car or truck driver, or motorcyclist, often deny any responsibility in causing a bicycle or pedestrian-related accident. However, by doing the proper analysis of the scene of the accident and interviewing potential eyewitnesses, it is possible to determine whether a car or truck driver, or even motorcyclist, could have – and should have – seen a bicyclist or pedestrian. At KatzLaw, our attorneys work with experienced accident investigators who recreate the accident and analyze evidence gathered at the scene of the accident.
Head, neck, and spinal cord injuries create substantial costs for victims and their families. So if you have been injured while riding a bicycle or while walking or jogging, we strongly recommend that you contact us now to ensure that your receive the compensation you need and deserve. KatzLaw will fight hard for you to recover the costs associated with your injuries, whether that be physical therapy, surgery, medical equipment, lost wages, and pain and suffering.