Bicycle Accidents

Bicycling is an environmentally sound and increasingly popular way to travel. People who are on their bikes should be assured that they can get from point A to point B safely, but with distracted drivers and inefficient biking infrastructure, that’s not always possible.     

To other drivers bicyclists can be hard to spot, or they may not be given the respect they deserve as fellow inhabitants of the road. This can often lead to very serious consequences. Bicyclists share the road with motorists and deserve to be protected from injury or death, and if an irresponsible motorists has injured you or caused the death of a family member, they could be held accountable for their negligence.

Biking in Louisiana

Riding a bicycle in Louisiana is perilous. According to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal, Lousisana is second in bicycle deaths only to Florida. New Orleans was the number six most dangerous city for bicyclists in the same review. Overall, the majority of the issues stem from motorists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 30% of all bicycle accident injuries occur when a bicyclist is struck by a car.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

As mentioned above, a good portion of bicycle accidents are caused by motorists, but they are not the only cause of accidents. Some others are:

  • Failure to yield
  • Rider inattention
  • Dangerous road conditions
  • Riding at night

If you have any questions about your bicycle accident and whether you have grounds for a claim, contact The Bruscato Law Firm for a free consultation.

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Reducing Bicycle Accidents

Unfortunately, when it comes to reducing bicycle accidents there is very little you, as a bicyclist, can do. It is often up to cities to take the responsibility to decrease the amount of bike accidents. Bike-friendly infrastructure is one of the biggest ways to increase rider safety. As cycling becomes a more popular means of commuting, cities should focus on updating their infrastructure.

When they don’t, they are often responsible for some of the accidents that riders face. If a non-weather-related road condition caused your accident, it is very possible that the city you were riding in was at fault.

Types of Compensation

Just as in car and motorcycle accidents, you may be eligible for compensation. Bicyclists have every right to the road and thus you have every right to hold negligent motorists, or cities, responsible for the loss of a loved one or the injuries you sustained. You may be able to recover compensation for any of the following damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical therapy
  • Funeral and/or burial expenses

If you think you might be eligible for compensation, or if you are unsure if you are, contact The Bruscato Law Firm today.

Find Out if You Have a Claim

If after a bicycle accident, you or a loved one are suffering from injuries or loss, you don’t have to suffer alone. You should never feel as if your claim is not as important because you accident did not occur as a motorist. Here at The Bruscato Law Firm, I will not make you suffer alone and give you the time and attention you deserve. I have years of experience in personal injury law and I have a record of successful settlements for clients under my belt. I am dedicated to providing knowledgeable, honest, and accessible legal counsel to those involved in a personal injury incident.

Bicycle Accident Attorney in Monroe, Louisiana

If you or a loved one has been in a bicycle accident resulting in an injury or loss, seek the legal counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. John Buscato has been serving Monroe, Louisiana out of his own law firm since 2012. With a passion for helping others he will vehemently fight for your rights.