No matter the scale of the accident, those involved in bicycle accidents usually suffer severe injuries. This unfortunate result is due to the fact that bicyclists are essentially unprotected against automobiles and trucks.
More than 19,000 cyclists are injured from auto accidents every year. Sadly, more than 3,000 are either seriously injured or killed. These statistics only include accidents reported to police, so there can be countless more accidents.
If you or a loved one suffered severe injury in a bicycle accident, please call Wilson Law, P.A. at 919-890-0180 to schedule a free consultation. Our firm welcomes clients from Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, and all areas of North Carolina.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
Cycling as a mode of transportation has gained in popularity in recent years, which has increased the cyclist accident rate.
Police have reported that the most common reason given for bicycling accidents is failing to look. This reason applies to both automobile drivers and bicyclists. A vast majority of cyclists are hit by the front of the automobile.
Limb injuries are the most common injury resulting from bicycling accidents. Over 40% of all injuries are arm injuries and 25% are leg injuries. Chest and abdomen injuries only occur approximately 5% of the time, but are often very serious. On the other hand, head injuries are very common. Hospitals have reported that over 40% of cyclists suffer head injuries. Head injuries range from cuts to skull fractures and brain damage. Catastrophic injuries can still occur even if the bicyclist was wearing a helmet.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycling accidents are caused by a multitude of reasons, but the most common are:
- Failing to look or notice bicyclist
- Road debris
- Uneven payment
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycling accident, please contact Wilson Law, P.A. using the form or call 919-890-0180 today to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, and throughout North Carolina.