News Four San Antonio reports that a bicyclist has sustained significant injuries, including a broken arm and severe facial lacerations, after a collision with a car in downtown San Antonio. The accident occurred on South Alamo street on the evening of March 26th. According to the report, the driver of the vehicle was looking for a parking spot, came to a stop, and bicyclist did not have time to respond. The bike crashed into the rear end of the automobile. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you should contact an experienced San Antonio personal injury lawyer for immediate legal help.
Bicyclists Face Inherent Risks From Traffic
Every year nearly 500,000 americans are forced to visit the emergency room due to a bike accident injury. Many of these injuries occur because of the negligent actions of a motorist. According to a study from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 700 bicyclists are killed in traffic accidents every year. In Texas alone, there are an average of 50 traffic accident related bicycle fatalities per year, with many more people suffering serious injuries. One noteworthy observation within the NHTSA report is that overall automobile accident fatalities are down 25 percent over the last ten years. This contrasts with, bicycle related traffic fatalities which have actually increased. Currently, over 2 percent of those killed in car accidents were on a bike. Drivers simply do not take enough care to share the road with bicyclists. Bike have a legal right to the road too, and all drivers need to get better at accounting for bicyclist safety.
Compensation for Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists are at heightened risk for serious injuries. Even if you wear a proper helmet, a traffic accident could lead to a traumatic brain injury. A TBI can have long lasting ramifications on your health. It is critical that injured bicyclists recover the full compensation they deserve. If your bike injury was caused by the negligence of a driver, you could be entitled to recover for:
- The costs of your property damage;
- The full extent of your medical bills;
- The costs for rehabilitation or physical therapy;
- Any current, or future, lost wages or loss of earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of life enjoyment; and
- In some cases, punitive damages.
Ultimately, an experienced San Antonio attorney should always review the specific circumstances of your case in detail. Even if the driver’s insurance company is offering you a quick settlement, you should not accept their offer without an attorney review. Insurance companies will do anything they can to try to limit your settlement offer. The financial, and physical, damage you sustained due to your bike accident could be long lasting, and you must recover every penny you deserve.
Need Legal Advice?
If you were injured by a driver, while on a bicycle, we can help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are ready to fight aggressively to protect your rights. Please contact our San Antonio office today at (210) 308-8811 to schedule a free review of your case.