Speeding is a common cause of bicycle accidents. In most cases, drivers of cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles are guilty of driving over the posted speed limit. Sometimes it can be the excess speed of a bicycle rider that can also play a role in a bicycle accident.
Excess speed is extremely dangerous for several reasons. First of all, when a bicycle rider is riding too fast, they are often unable to come to a stop quickly if they need to. Changing traffic conditions, stopped vehicles, and other elements make it impossible to adapt promptly when a bicycle rider is traveling too fast. Unfortunately, these scenarios often end up far worse for bicycle riders than they do for those behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows, the chances of a pedestrian or bicycle rider dying from an accident with a motor vehicle increase as a driver’s speed increases. Many drivers may simply make the mistake of thinking that driving over the posted speed limit is acceptable. The truth of the matter is that speeding is a major risk factor both for bicycle accidents and any other type of collision that may occur on the roads.
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Those who operate motor vehicles put themselves and others at risk when they drive over the posted speed limit. Excess speed can cause a driver to run into a bicycle rider if they cannot stop with enough space between the two. It can also lead a driver to not even see a bicycle rider in their field of vision until it is too late.
According to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol plays a role in a significant number of bicycle accidents. In a bicycle accident, it is common for either a bicycle rider or another motorist to be under the influence of alcohol. As we all know, alcohol intoxication and the use of a vehicle do not mix well. Taking a risk such as driving drunk can leave you with immense legal punishments and ramifications.
If you were part of a bicycle accident caused by the excess speed of another party, then you may be owed financial compensation. When you have a lawyer working on your case, they will investigate the situation and examine any available forms of evidence as they establish a liable party. Your legal team will also work to recover any forms of financial compensation you may be owed for your medical bills and other recoverable damages.
How a Lawyer Can Assist You After a Bicycle Accident
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A lawyer who takes on your case will begin by investigating the cause of the accident. They will dig into the role of other drivers and their actions leading up to and during the accident. If another driver is found guilty of drunk driving or some other obvious form of reckless driving, this can make liability clear. However, many accidents occur under far more ambiguous circumstances.
In such cases, another driver or their insurance company may get involved to attempt placing liability on you. A lawyer can handle conversations and negotiations with these other parties on your behalf. In doing so, your legal team can help you to avoid the kinds of negotiation mistakes that many victims of bicycle accidents make when they are in a flustered state. Your legal representation will also lead the fight to recover any financial compensation that you may be owed after a bicycle accident.
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Speeding is a common cause of bicycle accidents, and it can result in severe personal injuries and even wrongful death. If you are suffering from a personal injury sustained in a bicycle accident, then trying to work your way through the legal system can present some difficulties. A lawyer who works on these cases can step up to help you so that you can focus on healing.
A lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will defend your legal position after a bicycle caused by speeding or another negligent action. Our team will collect evidence, identify a liable party, and work to pursue any forms of financial compensation that you may be owed. To learn more, contact a member of our team today at (404) 888-8888. We can discuss the unique circumstances of your case and determine if you have a valid claim for compensation. Allow us to get to work on your case right away.