Bikes offer good exercise, dependable transportation, and ecological advantages. They also offer very little protection in a bicycle collision with a car. While the proportion of Americans who use bikes for transportation is small (only 1%), cyclists have a substantially higher risk of injury and death than car passengers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In Wisconsin, there are an average of almost 1000 car and bike accidents resulting in serious or fatal injuries to the cyclist every year. When a motor vehicle hits a bicycle, the bicyclist is almost always injured. In 2016, there were 918 crashes involving bicycles and motor vehicles in Wisconsin according to the state DOT. In those bike accidents, 11 bicyclists were killed and 849 were injured. Almost 94% of the crashes involved death or injury to the bicyclist. In bike collisions, it is common for bike accident victims to suffer spinal cord injuries, paralysis, or traumatic brain injuries.
A bicycle is defined under the law as a "vehicle" whose operator is granted the same rights as the driver of any other vehicle. Yet, whether you bike for pleasure or are a serious year-round bike commuter, you run a high risk of being seriously hurt in a bicycle collision with a car or truck, through no fault of your own. Many of these bike accidents can result in significant medical costs, affect your ability to work, and potentially affect the rest of your life.
If you suffered an injury due to the distraction, negligence, recklessness, or illegal actions of a driver, you may have a personal injury claim. Our team handles evidence gathering, accident recreation, and other essential components of a strong personal injury case on behalf of injured cyclists.
Bike accidents like those above can cause catastrophic physical harm, often inflicting spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries on the more vulnerable bicyclist. In addition to serious physical harm, bike accident victims often incur substantial medical expenses as well as lost wages and other financial damages.
Since 1974, our team of experienced personal injury attorneys has fought to protect the rights of injury victims so they can recover full compensation for their losses. At Clifford & Raihala, we understand that a serious bicycle collision can disrupt every aspect of your life, and our team will work tirelessly to help you regain your health, financial stability, and quality of life.
We offer free, confidential consultations to help you confidently decide on the right bike accident lawyer. Schedule your consultation today by calling our office at 608.257.7900 or toll-free at 888.791.8422.