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Wisconsin Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been involved in a cycling accident, chances are you sustained significant injuries, such as a concussion or broken bones. The bicycle accident lawyers at Studinski Law know that these injuries can have terrible physical and financial costs. The effects can be even more devastating if you do not have health insurance. We know that, to get caught up financially, you may need to pursue funds through a personal injury lawsuit. A compassionate motor vehicle accident lawyer will listen to your story and pursue compensation with your needs in mind.
If you would like to put this nightmare behind you, call (715) 343-2850 for a free consultation.
The Dangers of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycles are the one of the most exposed forms of transportation. If you are hit by a larger vehicle, such as a car or a truck, while riding a bike could lead to serious injuries. Whether you are riding to work or getting a bit of exercise, it might be impossible foresee an impending crash until it is too late. When a vehicle is flying towards you, your only option for escape may be to jump off your bike or swerve into a ditch; even these actions can lead to severe injuries.
While bike accidents may not be a popular conversation topic, it is a serious problem in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1000 bicyclist are killed each year in roadway accidents. In 2015, 467,000 people sustained bike related injuries. In addition, certain groups are more likely to be affected by this accident type. Strangely, those between the ages of 50 and 59 have the highest risk of dying in a bike accident, and men are six times more likely to be killed.
Overwhelmingly, the number one cause of bicycle accidents is rider error, accounting for over 70 percent of all bike accidents in 2015 according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA). This might happen when a person loses balance, or when they start to wobble while riding down a hill at high speeds. However, among bicycle accidents that involve a bike and another vehicle, the primary cause is failing to look properly. In most cases, these accidents are the fault of the car driver.
Poor turning maneuvers also contribute to bicycle accidents, as does careless or reckless driving. One accident cause that is rarely talked about is those that are impaired by alcohol. With many bicycle accidents being hit and runs, it is often difficult to determine the cause of the accident. However, it is no secret that impairment can lead to swerving, impaired vision, and slowed response times.
Leg and arm injuries are extremely common when it comes to bike accident injuries. Imagine, for example, that you are thrown from your bicycle after being run off the road by a drunk driver. To protect your face, you may instinctively throw your arms to the ground. You may also do the same thing with your legs in an attempt to avoid doing damage to other parts of your body.
Other injuries that are commonly seen in bicycle accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Chest Injuries
Although many try to avoid it, being thrown on your stomach is sometimes an unavoidable consequence of a bicycle accident. When this happens, you may break ribs, puncture a lung, or suffer from internal bleeding that require complex surgery.
- Head Injuries
Although many cyclists wear helmets, they may do little to protect the delicate tissue underneath. Your brain may come into contact with your skull and cause a concussion. The impact of the crash may even be strong enough to fracture the bones in your skull.
- Cuts and Lacerations
Since most bike riders do not wear steel plated armor when they go out, their skin is very susceptible to damage in the event of a crash. You may suffer from gaping wounds, and if they are not treated, they could lead to a serious infection.
- Blood Clots
Perhaps one of the most dangerous effects of a bike crash, clots, commonly form after a bone breaks. If it makes its way to your heart or brain, you could suffer from several life-threating events that have lasting impacts, such as a stroke or a heart attack.
A person who is harmed because of the reckless or neglectful actions of another person may seek compensation through legal action, commonly referred to as a personal injury lawsuit. In court, funds may be awarded for certain financial losses, or the many costs associated with being injured in an accident.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Wage Loss
- Medical Expenses
- Emotional Distress and Mental Anguish
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Loss of Society and Companionship
How Our Wisconsin Bicycle Lawyers Can Help
No one expects to be seriously hurt when they are simply enjoying a bike ride. However, with help from the bicycle accident lawyers at Studinski Law, you may be able to recover the funds you need to get your life back on track. We use aggressive techniques to fight for what you deserve.
Call (715) 343-2850 now to see how our experienced legal team can help with your recovery.