Car vs. Bicycle Accident Injury Compensation
When a motor vehicle collides with a bicycle, the results are often devastating as a cyclist has minimal protection from the tough exterior of a car.
In South Carolina, approximately 91 percent of bicycle accidents led to injuries, more than 2 percent were fatal and the rest led to property damage. The cause of the accident was most commonly a cyclist error, however, a large percentage of vehicle drivers contributed to these accidents as well.
Did you know that according to the League of American Bicyclists, South Carolina is one of the least bike-friendly states in the nation?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle and motor vehicle accident, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages and more. The bicycle accident injury attorneys at Harbin & Burnett make every effort to help injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve.
Fill out the contact form to your right for a free case review or call us at 1(888)821-0247 to get connected with one of our experienced attorneys.
Causes of a Bicycle and Car Accident
Both cyclists and motor vehicle drivers are required to obey the rules of the road. South Carolina has imposed laws that require each individual to safely operate their means of transportation. When either party fails to obey, or simply breaks, any of those rules it can swiftly result in a collision.
Some common causes of a bicycle vs. car accident include (but are not limited to):
Some ways in which a cyclist may cause a bicycle and car accident include:
- Failing to use the designated bicycle lane
- Disobeying traffic signs and signals
- Darting in front of, or in and out of, traffic
- Failing to maintain a safe operating distance from a motor vehicle
- Failing to use lamps and/or reflectors on the bicycle
Certain factors such as weather and time of day can also lead to a collision, many of these accidents occur at night when it is much more difficult to see a bicycle rider. Bicycle riders may wish to take extra precautions, such as wearing reflective clothing, to prevent a collision and should always wear a helmet.
Although both parties may become injured as a result of this type of accident, it is often the cyclist who will suffer incapacitating and potentially life-threatening injuries.
Some types of car vs. bicycle accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Dental injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Cuts and gashes
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
Vehicle drivers and passengers may suffer from broken glass injuries, whiplash and bruising. In some cases, a driver may swerve in order to avoid directly colliding with a cyclist which could lead to car colliding with a lamp post, median or tree. A fixed-object accident may lead to more serious motor vehicle accident injuries.
Contact our South Carolina Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
The days, weeks and months that follow an accident can be trying enough without the struggle of paying for hospital bills, recovering from injuries or losing wages when youre unable to work. If youre feeling helpless and frustrated after being injured in a car and bicycle accident, contact the law offices of Harbin & Burnett and let us fight for your rights.
Our lawyers understand how difficult this time can be, you shouldn't have to go at it alone. You need tough, smart attorneys working for you, ones who will fight for your right to fair and just compensation.
Our office is located in Anderson, South Carolina. and we proudly serve the surrounding areas, including:
- Travelers Rest
At Harbin & Burnett, we can provide the experience and dedication needed to help injury victims navigate through the complex litigation process.
Call us toll-free at 1(888)821-0247 or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form at the top of this page to get started on your claim your information will remain completely confidential.