Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents Lawyer
Every year, thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians are killed by vehicle accidents, and well over 100,000 are treated in emergency rooms for injuries. In most cases, these injuries were caused by negligence on the part of a driver, whether they were behind the wheel of a car, truck or bus. Speeding, distracted driving and other factors can all be linked to these tragic deaths and injuries. If you lost a loved one or were seriously injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, Race Law Firm can help you explore your legal options to pursue compensation.
Types of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycles can be a healthy, eco-friendly form of transportation. Many people ride their bikes to work or enjoy getting outdoors on their bikes for health and relaxation. When sharing the road with larger, faster vehicles, there is always some risk. However, negligence is often a factor in serious bike accidents. Some types of bicycle accidents that may cause injuries include:
- Open door accidents – vehicle doors opened into the path of a bicyclist
- Wide right turns by large trucks or buses
- Right turns onto the street and into a bicyclist
- Left-hand turns across traffic, hitting a bicyclist
- Rear-end collisions
- Right turn into the path of a bicyclist
In many bicycle accidents, the motorist does not see the bicyclist and may hit them full force without even braking. These accidents can be serious or fatal, impacting the lives of the victim and their family.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
In most cases, pedestrians have the automatic right-of-way on the streets. While it may be illegal to “jaywalk,” it is also illegal for drivers not to yield to pedestrians in many situations. When a pedestrian is using a crosswalk or street corner to cross the street legally, they should be safe. Unfortunately, there have been over 5,000 pedestrians killed each year from auto accidents. These accidents are usually caused by drunk drivers, distracted driving, speeding and other factors.
If you or a loved one were injured in a serious bicycle or pedestrian accident caused by driver negligence, contact Race Law Firm today. We can discuss your legal options to seek compensation for your injuries or loss.