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Avoiding Serious Injuries in a Bicycle Accident

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Campbell County bicycle accident attorneyOn Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019, a female bicyclist was fatally injured when a car struck her bike in Perry County. The accident, which occurred on Highway 438, ultimately resulted in three serious injuries but only one fatality. For bicyclists throughout the state of Tennessee, the accident served as a reminder that no cyclist is safe from motor vehicle collisions. If you or a loved one are injured in a bike accident, you should work with an attorney to determine your options for pursuing compensation. 

Bicycle Injuries Are Incredibly Common 

Throughout the United States, thousands of people are injured in bicycle accidents each and every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 467,000 Americans were injured in bicycle accidents in 2015 alone. Of those, over 1,000 people suffered fatal injuries. In the state of Tennessee, 10 bicyclists were killed in 2015 after being struck by a motor vehicle. Despite the fact that bicyclists only account for an average of 1% of all annual travelers, they are much more likely to be injured than those traveling in motor vehicles. 

Avoiding Bicycle Injuries 

While many bicycle accidents are impossible to avoid, there are a few simple steps you and your family can take to decrease the chances of being seriously injured in a collision: 

  • Wear Your Helmet: Due to the limited protection that bicyclists have when riding, the injuries they suffer can be incredibly severe. Some of the most common injuries to bicyclists are traumatic brain injuries. Even non-fatal brain trauma can result in decreased cognition, severe headaches, and chronic vision problems. Wearing your helmet can greatly decrease your chance of suffering a brain injury. 
  • Use Reflective Gear: A large number of bicycle fatalities are caused simply due to a driver’s inability to spot the bicyclist. Wearing bright and reflective clothing can help motor vehicle drivers see you while you are riding your bike. Retro-reflective clothing can be especially helpful while riding at night.  
  • Follow Traffic Laws: This may seem like a simple solution to avoiding collisions with motor vehicles, but many bicyclists elect to disregard traffic laws. Riding in bike lanes and only traveling when you have the right of way can be simple steps to increase your safety. If you have children that ride bikes, educating them on safety aspects of bicycling could save their lives. 

Contact a Jacksboro Bicycle Accident Lawyer 

At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our legal team is dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the financial compensation they deserve for the injuries they have suffered. Bicycle accidents can result in costly medical bills and loss of work hours. In the vast majority of collisions between bicyclists and automobile drivers, the driver was operating their vehicle in a negligent manner. You and your family should not have to pay for injuries caused by another party’s negligence. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a Campbell County personal injury attorney, call us today at 423-4490-7980. 

Sources

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/bicycle/index.html

https://www.nashvillepublicradio.org/post/tennessee-pedestrian-and-bicyclist-deaths-surpass-20-year-high

https://fox17.com/news/local/1-killed-2-injured-in-bicycle-vehicle-crash-in-perry-county

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