Bicycle accidents often result in devastating injuries for victims. Unfortunately, bicyclists simply do not have the same level of protection that those inside motor vehicles do. If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a bicycle accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another driver, contact the team at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. for help today. We are standing by when you need a Rutherfordton bicycle accident attorney. Our attorneys will investigate every aspect of your claim and help secure the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and other losses.
How often do bicycle accidents occur?
According to data available from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, we can see that there were 730 total bicycle crashes across the state during the latest reporting year. Out of these incidents, there were 18 fatal bicycle collisions and 704 non-fatal injuries reported.
When we look at this data, we can see that there is a high likelihood that any accident involving a vehicle in a bicycle is likely to result in an injury or fatality for the bicyclist. Unfortunately, bicyclists often sustain two impacts – one with a vehicle and one with the ground. It is not uncommon for our bicycle accident attorneys in Rutherfordton to help clients who have sustained the following injuries in these incidents:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe sprains or strains
- Lacerations or puncture wounds
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Common causes of Rutherfordton bicycle accidents
Bicycle accidents occur in a variety of ways in and around our area. While it is true that some of these incidents are caused by the bicyclists themselves, the reality is that the actions of other drivers on the roadway regularly cause severe bicycle accidents. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we regularly discover that these incidents are caused by the following:
- Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Drivers following a bicyclist too closely
- Drivers recklessly passing a bicyclist
- Drivers failing to yield the right of way to a bicyclist
Unfortunately, drivers often fail to realize that bicyclists have a right to be on the roadway. In general, North Carolina law treats bicyclists in the same way they do other vehicles. All bicyclists must obey the rules of the roadway, and other drivers must afford them the same level of respect that they do any other vehicle.
Call a Rutherfordton bicycle accident lawyer today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a bicycle accident in Rutherfordton or the surrounding areas, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The attorneys at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. have extensive experience handling complex personal injury claims, and we understand what it takes to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to. This can include coverage of:
- Your medical bills
- Lost wages
- Household out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of quality of life damages