Maitland Bicycle Accident Attorney
Ask any cyclist and they will tell you that the roads are getting more dangerous every year. Texting while driving, speeding, and road rage are taking more and more lives of vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians. If you or a loved one were injured while commuting to work, cruising around town with the family on the weekend, or while getting an early morning workout, the Maitland bicycle accident attorneys at the Hornsby Law Group are here to help you hold the negligent driver accountable for your damages.
Four Most Common Types of Bike Crashes
- Right Hook—The cyclist and driver are traveling in the same direction as the driver makes a right turn, crossing the cyclist’s path and causing the cyclist to crash into the side or bumper of the vehicle. The driver is at fault whether the cyclist was in a bike lane, in the shoulder of the road, or riding on the right-hand side of the road, as the cyclist has right of way.
- Hit From Behind—Being hit from behind is the most common way in which cyclists are catastrophically injured or killed. Driver distraction, drunk driving, and aggressive driving are the most likely causes of these types of collisions.
- Left Turning Driver—The driver makes a left turn across the cyclist’s lane of travel, violating right of way and hitting the cyclist head-on or causing the cyclist to collide with the side of the vehicle.
- Driver Pulls Out From Side Street—The driver pulls out from a side street, parking lot, or driveway, cutting the cyclist off and hitting them from the side, or causing the cyclist to collide with the side of the vehicle.
The American Public’s Inherent Bias Against Cyclists
The general public, including many police officers responsible for investigating the cause of crashes, are heavily biased against cyclists, believing that those on two wheels are more prone to ride recklessly or intentionally violate traffic laws. Studies have shown that cyclists break the laws at roughly the same rate as drivers—but that cyclist actually break the law in order to stay safe (such as riding on the sidewalk in areas where it is prohibited), while drivers are more likely to break traffic laws out of impatience; drivers break the law virtually every time they get behind the wheel by going over the speed limit. This bias against cyclists can have an impact on the success of your personal injury claim, which is why it is vital to work with an attorney who specializes in bike collisions.
Call a Maitland Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
Whether the negligent driver who hit you claimed that you “came out of nowhere” or that they “didn’t see you,” we can help you prove fault and win your personal injury claim and recover your damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of joy of life, emotional distress, lost wages and earning ability due to disability, property damage to your bike, and more. Call the Maitland bicycle accident attorneys at Hornsby Law Group today to schedule a free consultation.