Exercise, fuel conservation, and enjoyment are just some of the reasons why people ride their bikes in Wisconsin. Regardless of why they are riding, however, every rider has the right to be on the road and to be safe. However, bicycle accidents in Wisconsin are more common than you might think.
The Truth About Bicycle Accidents in Wisconsin
The truth of the matter is, bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles happen more often than you think. On average, there are over 800 cyclists in Wisconsin injured per year.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents
As with all other types of traffic accidents, there are many potential causes for serious bicycle crashes. Some of the more common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to check blind spots
- Following a bike too closely
- Failing to check for bikes and recognizing the risk or driving near a rider
Drivers have a responsibility to riders and will be held accountable if they cause an injury or death in a bike crash.
Possible Injuries From Bike Wrecks
There are many potential injuries that can occur after a bike crash, including:
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
If you’ve been hurt and a driver is at fault for causing your accident, then you may be able to recover damages for your injuries, but you shouldn’t count on the insurance company to write you a check of a fair settlement unless you demand it through settlement negotiations.
How to Protect Your Recovery and Prevent Future Bike Crashes
Riders who are hurt—or the survivors of those who are killed—deserve to make a fair recovery for the harm that has been done by a driver’s negligence. You can get started protecting your own recovery of medical expenses, lost income, funeral costs, out-of-pocket costs, and other damages by finding out exactly what caused the crash, by getting the medical attention you need, and by contacting an experienced bike accident lawyer.
If you, your child, or someone you love rides a bike, then we encourage you to read our FREE brochure, “Your Guide to Bicycle Safety,” and to share this article on Facebook or Twitter so that others can learn more about the dangers of, and recoveries from, bike crashes.
Have You Been Injured in a Wisconsin, Illinois, or Iowa Car Accident?
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