As choosing to commute by bicycle continues to increase in popularity, bicycle collisions with cars and other vehicles are becoming much more frequent, especially in bustling cities where drivers and riders share the road. While most cities are making progress in ensuring their roads are friendly for bikers, many drivers still do not account for bicycle riders as they navigate the streets. Such negligence results in serious collisions at intersections that can cause major injury, especially to the cyclists. Because a bicycle offers no protection for the cyclist from the impact, hitting a car at high speeds can feel like running into a solid brick wall. Most states legally consider a bicycle a vehicle, meaning they are legally obligated to follow the rules of the road in the same fashion as an automobile. However, a bicycle’s small size, limited visibility to someone driving a car, and lack of protection afforded to the cyclist, necessitate a higher standard of care on the driver’s part.
Although many accidents occur because a cyclist fails to obey traffic laws, drivers often fail to look for bicyclists when turning or changing lanes. At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, our qualified Kenosha bicycle accident attorneys understand the risks associated with sharing the road with larger vehicles. We also have the resources to recover damages related to medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation costs from reckless drivers.
Most car-on-bike accidents occur when cars turn right and fail to see an oncoming cyclist behind them, or turn left and misjudge a cyclist’s speed as they are coming in the opposite direction of traffic. These accidents can result in injuries that may include:
The speed of the automobile, whether the cyclist was wearing a helmet, and the severity of impact are all determinants of how serious a bicycle injury can be. Precautionary measures a cyclist could take to reduce the risks of an accident with a car include maximizing visibility, being extra careful at intersections, and never riding against the direction of traffic.
Cyclists usually suffer more damages than drivers do in automobile collisions. At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, our proficient bicycle accident attorneys believe victims of negligence should obtain restitution for their injuries. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact our Kenosha offices at (262) 652-4900 for support and guidance in your case.