Mt. Pleasant Bicycle Accident Attorney
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A cyclist is at serious risk of injury if he or she is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. Even with a helmet and other protective gear, cyclists are likely to sustain catastrophic injuries or even get killed.
If a bicycle accident has been caused by a motorist’s negligence or recklessness, the victim is eligible to seek monetary damages for medical bills, property damage, loss of income, as well as pain and suffering. With more than three decades of experience, our Mt. Pleasant personal injury lawyer at Lawton Law Firm understand what it takes to obtain results.
How Common are Bicycle Accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicyclists account for 2% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths and 2% of traffic injuries. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that in 2011, 726 cyclists died and 48,000 were injured in traffic. The majority of fatal bike accidents occur between 5 PM and 9 PM during the summer, which is prime time for children to ride their bikes.
Common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- A driver fails to yield the right of way to a cyclist
- A driver crowds the cyclist and sideswipes him or her
- A driver that runs a red light
- A driver that makes a turn too quickly without signaling
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving