Champaign County Bicycle Accidents Lawyer
Riding a bicycle can be a fun and environmentally friendly way to get from place to place. However, bicyclists have to face one major disadvantage: other vehicles on the roadway. This is their biggest threat.
Many motorists are unwilling to share the road with bicyclists, even though bike riders have the right to use the bike lanes as well as other travel lanes. In the event of a crash, bicycles don’t have nearly as many protective safety features as cars. What this means is that bicyclists are often severely or even fatally injured after a crash.
When a bicycle rider has suffered injuries as the result of a driver’s negligence or illegal activity, they can recover financial compensation for the damages they suffered. If you have been injured in a bike crash, a Champaign County bicycle accident lawyer from Patel Law, PC can assess your case and get you the compensation you need to pay for your injuries and other damages.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
A bicycle crash can result in many injuries, such as the following:
Facial injuries. In the event of an accident, a bike rider can get ejected from their bicycle and end up eating asphalt, so to speak. They may suffer various injuries to their face, including a broken jaw or nose, eye injuries, missing teeth, lacerations, and bruises.
Head injuries. The head can suffer lacerations and get fractured in a bicycle crash, which is why riders should wear a helmet.
Brain injuries. A person can suffer concussions and brain injuries due to the impact of a crash. A person can suffer internal injuries without any external damage.
Broken bones. Any bone in the body can get broken in a bike crash, depending on how the rider is hit. A person can suffer a broken leg, arm, hand, pelvis, ribs, and other injuries.
Back injuries. A bike rider can be ejected in an accident and land on their back. This can cause damage to the spine, including broken bones, herniated discs, and paralysis.
Damages in a Bicycle Accident
An injured bike rider can obtain various damages in an accident, such as:
Economic damages. These damages help to compensate the victim for costs related to their injuries. Common examples of economic damages include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and property damage.
Non-economic damages. These damages provide compensation for intangible injuries such as emotional trauma, mental distress, and other psychological harm from the bicycle accident such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of affection, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Punitive damages. Punitive damages are in place to penalize drivers. However, they are rare and are only possible if the driver acted grossly negligent or intentionally.
Contact Patel Law, PC Today
In a collision between a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the bicycle will lose. The rider will often suffer severe injuries. Fatalities are common in these crashes.
Contact a Champaign County bicycle accident lawyer from Patel Law, PC today. We’ll go above and beyond and work to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for all your injuries. Call (217) 384-1111 or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation.