Victims of bicycle-car collisions are more susceptible to catastrophic injuries
Being the victim of a collision between a bicycle and car can be a harrowing experience. Whether you’re on a steel or aluminum bicycle, or (especially) an ultra-light carbon bike, does not matter. The car always wins in a collision between and bicycle and a car or truck. For this reason alone, it’s important to always be particularly alert when riding on an open roadway. Whether you are (1) clipped while riding on the shoulder, (2) t-boned while crossing an intersection with the right-of-way, or (3) hit head on by a distracted driver, the likelihood of a fatal crash is exponentially higher on a bicycle versus a car when involved in a collision.
Drivers in this age are less focused on looking for cyclists
Secondly, consider that with the increase in technology, drivers of motor vehicles are far less likely to be alertly looking for cyclists on the road. While illegal in most states, drivers still text while driving, operate their smart phone and surf Facebook or other social media while driving, and dial numbers while driving. Distracted drivers are much more likely to be involved in a car accident, and it’s common sense that they may not see cyclists on the road, even if you are at the far edge of the shoulder. Be aware that each car that approaches you may be driven by a distracted driver.
Injuries in a bicycle-car collision
Because you are more exposed that drivers and passengers in cars and trucks, the likelihood of a serious injury in a crash is far higher. IF you have been the victim of negligence due involving a crash while on a bicycle, insurance may be of utmost importance. What if the driver of the car wasn’t carrying enough insurance? What if they weren’t covered at all? Those are all questions that you must face, many times while being treated for your injuries.
For these reasons, if you have been involved in a bicycle accident due to the fault of someone else, it is imperative to hire a veteran litigator and experienced Texarkana car accident attorney who has been involved in representing cyclists.
Thanks to Steve Harrelson from the Harrelson Law Firm, P.A. for his added insight into the dangers of bicycle-car accidents.