Bicycling can be a dangerous endeavor. Unfortunately, bicycles are still not given enough respect on public right of ways to be truly safe. At best, there may be a small designated area on the side of the road, called a bike lane, to provide space for bikers. When cars are whizzing by bicyclists at 30 to 50 miles an hour, however, it only takes a momentary lapse of a driver’s attention to cause certain injuries.
The unique factors of Boynton Beach bicycle accidents can influence a personal injury. Our experienced bike attorneys at Kogan & DiSalvo could help an injured rider explain those factors to a jury and work towards adequate compensation.
Bicycles are classified depending on where they are being operated. When a bicycle is traveling in the bike lane, it operates more like a motor vehicle in the eyes of the law. Accordingly, a rider may not swerve into traffic, run a red light, or ignore a stop sign.
When a bicyclist is on the sidewalk or crosswalk, they are more like a pedestrian, with key distinctions. Bicycles are generally low-speed vehicles, usually traveling less than 25 miles an hour. Even so, they move much faster than a pedestrian would on the same stretch of sidewalk. Pedestrians can stop quickly, but bicyclists may need distance to stop, which makes them potentially dangerous. If someone pulls out quickly from a driveway or side street without looking, the results can be fatal for a bike rider.
The distinction between bicyclists on roads and crosswalks is one of the unique factors of Boynton Beach bicycle accidents.
Bicyclists can suffer several different types of injuries in a bicycle accident, depending on how the accident occurs. When a person rides along the side of the road in a bike lane and is hit by a vehicle, they may fall into the road, hit the curb, or be thrown onto the grass. The spot where the person lands plays a large part in their injuries. A struck bicyclist may sustain head injuries, broken bones, or severe road rash depending on where they land.
When someone is hit broadside or clipped by a passing car, they can suffer a broken arm or leg from the direct impact, or chest trauma from the impact with the handlebars. There are a variety of injuries possible after a bicycle accident, from relatively minor injuries such as bruising, to much worse injuries including broken bones, head trauma, or paralysis.
When a person is driving in a car, thousands of pounds of steel surround them. The vehicle has seatbelts, airbags, and other protective equipment and devices to help reduce a car occupant’s injuries in the event of a crash. A person riding a bicycle has only a 20-pound frame with wheels that provides no protection. There is no safety protection other than a helmet.
An experienced lawyer may understand the unique factors of Boynton Beach bicycle accidents, including the potential for serious, life-threatening injuries. If you have been injured in a bike crash caused by a negligent driver, reach out to our attorneys at Kogan & DiSalvo for information on your legal right to compensation.
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