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Bicycle Accident Attorneys
The bicycle accident attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Eugene, Oregon, will take steps to ensure your rights are fully protected. We'll seek to recover all your damages and maximize your settlement and recovery. The Parke Gordon Law Firm attorneys have effectively represented bicyclists and obtained impressive settlements for our bike accident clients for years.
Injuries from a Bike Accident
Bicycle accident injuries are often serious due to the lack of protection to bicyclists and the size and force differences when a vehicle collides with a bicycle. Our attorneys will help ensure that our bicycle accident clients obtain suitable medical care and treatment and ensure that the negligent motorist is held accountable.
Typical Causes of Bicycle Crash
Bicycle accidents are more common than most people realize. Here are the most typical causes of bicycle accidents according to the NHTSA National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors.
Struck by a Vehicle
Thirty percent of all bicycle accidents are caused by the rider being hit by a car. Drivers are to always be aware of what is around them and yield the right of way to all pedestrians and bicyclists. However, often times bicyclists are not seen by a driver. When riding a bike, yield to caution by wearing brightly colored clothing. It is also helpful for you to beware of vehicles and make eye contact before crossing a street.
Falling Off a Bike
Seventeen percent of all bicycle accident is from the rider falling off the bike. There are many reasons for this. For example, the rider may have been startled from an unforeseen object or person.
Hazardous Road Conditions
Thirteen percent of bike accidents are due to bad road conditions. If you can, avoid roadways that are in need of repair when riding your bike to avoid these types of accidents.
Bike Rider Error
Thirteen percent of bike accidents are from the rider making an error.
Hitting a Fixed Object
Seven percent of bicycle accidents are due to the rider colliding with a fixed object. For instance, an inexperienced bicyclist may accidentally run into a light pole. Or the rider may have been distracted and hit the pole.
Striking a Dog Running into the Street
When a dog runs into the street, they may potentially be hit by a bicyclist or a car. Four percent of all bicycle accident has been due to a dog running into the street.
Protect Yourself from a Bicycle Accident
If you are planning on riding a bike for fun or to commute, protect yourself from a bicycle accident with these five tips.
- Always follow the rules of the road. Even when you are not driving a car, a bicycle riding on the road is still responsible to follow the rules. Obey all traffic signals and yield the right-of-way when necessary.
- Watch for cars and pedestrians. Bicyclists pose a threat to pedestrians just like a car poses a threat to a biker. Always be courteous to cars and pedestrians while on a bike.
- Be visible. Wear brightly colored clothing and use lights or reflectors to be seen easily.
- Stay in designated bike areas when possible. If possible, chose a route with a bike lane to keep yourself safe.
- Teach your kids to be safe on a bike too. Many children will want to be playing outside and on bikes this summer. Make sure they understand how to be safe and watch out for cars.
Suggestions for What to do After a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident
Here are some tips for a bicyclist who is hit by someone who flees the scene to catch the responsible driver and protect your ability to file a lawsuit against them.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, the damages to your bike, weather conditions at the scene, skid marks, and your injuries.
- Talk to any witnesses and get their contact information (full name and phone number).
- Call the police. A responding officer will be able to create an accident report. By failing to obtain an accident report, you may lose your right to compensation from your own insurance company and the at-fault driver. Even if you think the at-fault driver will not be found, file a police report with local authorities.
- Receive medical care. Always go to the doctor after any motor vehicle accident. Doing so documents medical records that can later help your case. Tell the doctor you were involved in an accident and report any injuries even if minor. By receiving medical care, your medical records will protect your right to medical expense compensation.
- Notify your insurance providers. Many auto insurance policies cover bicyclists who travel on roadways. Let your insurance company know about the accident if you think you will need to file a claim to cover your losses. Learn as much as you can about the compensation you are owed through your own insurance policies (medical and auto). If the driver is not found, these may be the only compensation opportunities for you.
How to Avoid Bicycle Accidents After Dark
Many choose to bike after dark to get in more time for exercise. This is especially true during the late Fall and Winter months when it gets dark early. Gordon Law Firm of Idaho Falls and Pocatello would like to remind drivers to be extra cautious of bike riders. After dark, drivers have a limited line of vision. Sometimes the only form of light for drivers is the car’s headlights. Also, depth and peripheral vision are worsened because of poor or limited light. If you are going to ride a bicycle after dark, here are some things to remember to avoid bicycle accidents after dark.
- Stay on well-lit streets.
- Wear reflective gear.
- Add reflective gear to your bike.
- Take extra lights.
Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney Now
Contact our bicycle accident attorneys for a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys are on your side and will fight for your rights. Call now at (541) 485-4878.
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