When a bicycling accident involves a cyclist and a motor vehicle, the results can be devastating. In 2015, there were 818 bicyclist deaths and 45,000 injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes. The majority of these crashes are due to a negligent or careless driver.
Bicyclist and motor vehicle accidents can be caused by:
- A drunk or impaired driver
- A distracted driver, an example would be using a cell phone while driving or being distracted by passengers in the car
- A driver failing to yield at an intersection or stop sign
- A driver turning in front or into a bicyclist
When a bicyclist is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, the damage is extensive. Damages that we are often able to recover in this type of personal injury case are: medical bills, past and future loss of earning capacity, past and future physical impairment or disfigurement, past and future loss of income, mental anguish or pain and suffering, and property damage.
If you live in a densely populated area you are more likely to be injured in a traffic related crash due to the high number of cars and people. In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed and another 70,000 were injured in traffic related crashes in the United States.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Accidents between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian are devastating. Unfortunately, most of these accidents can be attributed to negligence. Some of the most common causes of a pedestrian and motor vehicle crash are:
- Intoxicated drivers
- Distracted drivers, for example would be texting while driving
- Running red lights and then hitting a pedestrian in the crosswalk
- Illegally parked cars disrupting the driver’s view
- Right turns through crosswalks without looking for pedestrians
Take Action Today.
Crashes involving bicyclists or pedestrians and motor vehicles are often devastating for the victims. If you or a loved one has been hit by a car while walking or on a bicycle and suffered injuries, you may have a claim. Call the experienced attorneys at Powers Taylor today for a free and confidential consultation.