Bicycle accident fatalities continue to rise and according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, since 1975 the numbers have tripled for bicyclists over the age of 20. In the majority of accidents with cyclists, distracted drivers are to blame. When the negligence of others causes injuries, victims have the right to be compensated for their losses. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured in a bicycle accident, contact the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart and speak to our Kentucky bicycle accident lawyers. We offer free initial consultations, call us at (888) 782-9090 today.
Many bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles are caused by:
Distracted driving is becoming increasingly problematic. When engaging in distracting driving behaviors such as cell phone use, eating, changing the music, or using a navigation system, motorists are much less likely to notice bicyclists in enough time to avoid collisions.
Right-turn accidents occur when a driver is turning right and typically either fails to see a cyclist in the bicycle lane or misjudges their speed and distance. For similar reasons, accidents with bicyclists often take place when vehicles are turning left as well.
Severe and possibly fatal collisions with bicyclists can be caused by drivers who ignore traffic lights and signs, or who fail to follow the basic rules of the road.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous for both the driver and everyone else on the road, especially bicyclists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of all the fatal bicycle accidents in 2017, alcohol was involved in 37 percent of them.
Drivers often do not leave enough space between them and bicyclists, causing accidents. Kentucky law dictates that drivers must leave at least three feet between themselves and cyclists.
Although rare, head-on collisions can occur if drivers unexpectedly depart lanes or drive down a road in the wrong direction.
Although bicyclists have the same right to use the road as any motor vehicle, they pose a serious risk of suffering catastrophic injuries in accidents due to a lack of protection. Some of the extremely serious injuries cyclists may suffer, include:
When accidents are not fatal, injured bikers may face life-altering changes and may be incapable of maintaining gainful employment. Injuries this devastating can take a heavy toll on victims and their families, both financially and emotionally. Accidents that are caused by negligent drivers may give victims the right to file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for any losses.
After an accident, injured bicyclists can seek a financial award for:
However, securing a full settlement that is equal to the extent of your injuries may be difficult due to the use of tactics by insurance companies. Insurers will often attempt to settle claims with lower than fair offers or deny claims altogether. In order to ensure you receive the compensation, you are qualified for, hiring a bicycle accident attorney who can negotiate and handle your claim for you will be vital. Kentucky bicycle accident lawyers who handle these cases often work on a contingency agreement and will not charge any legal fees unless your case is successful.
In the state of Kentucky, injured victims only have one year to file suit. If that’s what is necessary to obtain the compensation you deserve, there is no time to waste. Contact the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart and speak to our bicycle accident attorneys in Kentucky for a free consultation. Reach us by calling (888) 782-9090 or through our online contact form. We proudly serve Bowling Green, Glasgow, and Greenville Kentucky.