Bicyclists are often at great risk for injuries and even fatalities, not only because they share the roads with much larger cars and other vehicles, but also because of their lack of bodily protection.
According to state law, all cyclists below the age of 16 are mandated to wear a bike helmet while traveling on all public paths and roads. The North Carolina Department of Transportation states that the use of helmets cuts down the risk of head injuries by 85%, and cuts down the risk of fatal head injuries by 60%. Still, bicycle accidents in the United States account for almost 2% of all traffic fatalities, and this number is slightly higher in the state of North Carolina at 2.2%.
Bicycle accidents in North Carolina are often the result of drivers who operate their vehicles recklessly or who do not pay attention while behind the wheel. Causes of these accidents include speeding or disobeying road signs, running stop signs or red lights, failing to stop at a crosswalk, failing to use headlights when necessary, opening a car door in the path of a biker, or simply failing to notice a biker on a path or shoulder.
Injuries sustained by bicycle accident victims may range from minor to fatal, and examples of common severe injuries are spinal cord injury, head trauma, and broken limbs. These victims have a right to compensation for their medical costs, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses, even if their injuries are not life threatening or do not result in permanent disabilities.
It must be noted, however, that there is the law of contributory negligence in North Carolina, which oftentimes prevents bicycle accident victims from obtaining compensation for their injuries. If it can be proven that the victim was even 1% at fault for the accident, then he or she will be unable to recover damages. It is critical, therefore, that the victim consult with an attorney who can thoroughly investigate the accident.
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If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another individual or entity, contact Ted A. Greve & Associates, P.A. as soon as possible. We will help you fight for you and your loved one’s rights and will ensure that you are compensated fairly and justly for your injuries and losses.
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