There were 677 bicycle-related deaths and 48,000 injuries reported in the United States in 2011. The number of bicycle deaths was up 9% from 2010 – likely due to rising gas prices and a move toward more environmentally-conscious means of transportation that have people biking instead of driving.
While riding a bike is certainly a healthier choice of getting around, it does not come without its risks – for children and adults. In fact, bicycle-related deaths in the United States accounted for 2% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2011.
Bicycle Related Accidents
Bicycle-related accidents generally happen in three ways – colliding with another vehicle (bike, car, truck, motorcycle, etc.), riding on unmaintained roads, or due to a bicycle-related defect. All can cause serious temporary or permanent injuries to the neck, spine and brain, and even cause death – especially when the bicyclist is not wearing a safety helmet. Only 21 states and the District of Columbia require bicyclists to wear helmets. The remaining 29 states, including Virginia, do not.
Regardless of why a bicycle-related accident happens, the costs involved can be staggering and include medical and hospital bills, lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering, rehabilitation and much more. Holding the person(s) responsible for the accident is critical in order to get the compensation you need – and that’s where Geoff McDonald & Associates can help.
Bicycle Injury Lawsuits
Personal injury lawsuits can be filed against another whose carelessness, negligence or recklessness resulted in a bicycle-related accident such as the driver of another vehicle or the manufacturer, distributor or seller of the bicycle itself. Companies that make children’s bicycles, adult bicycles, mountain bikes, racing bicycles or any other type of bike must adhere to safety regulations and warn consumers of any known defects. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen – increasing the chances of a bicycle injury or death.
Geoff McDonald & Associates: Bicycle Accident Attorneys That Get Results
If you or a family member has been involved in a bicycle-related accident, contact the experienced Richmond personal injury attorneys at Geoff McDonald & Associates. Let us show you why we’re the firm for you by getting you the results you deserve.
Call Geoff today at (804) 888-8888 and let our team of aggressive and experienced Virginia accident lawyers get to work for you.
We accept clients from across Virginia, including these areas: Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Bay, Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, Southern Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Highlands and the Heart of Appalachia.
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