Over the years, cycling has gained popularity amongst amateurs and enthusiasts alike. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, bicycle accidents in the United States increased by 16% from 2010 and 2012. California had the highest fatalities from bicycle accidents of any state during that same time period with a total of 338 deaths. While California laws have expanded to provide added protections for bicyclists, riders on the road are still in danger. Bicycle accidents can involve cars, trucks, or semi-trucks. The injuries from bicycle accidents can range from bruising, to broken bones, to death. Bicyclists have the right to ride on the road and the Law Office of Brian H. Turner believes in protecting that right.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents occur because of negligent car and truck drivers who forget to look and signal before turning or changing lanes, thus ignoring their surroundings. People forget that bicycles have a right to operate on most of the same roads as motor vehicles. More disappointing is that some people believe bicycles have no right to be on the road or should be forced to ride on sidewalks. Such mindsets are some of the reasons for the increase in accidents and deaths of bicyclists.
Bicycle Accidents and a Victim's Rights
As a cyclist, you have a right to be on the road and a right to be compensated if the driver of another vehicle causes you harm because of their reckless driving. Bicycle accident victims may be entitled to receive compensation for medical expenses and treatment, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, future medical treatment and, possibly, punitive damages, which are awarded to deter the conduct committed by the other party.