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Appleton, WI bicycle accident attorneyWhen a collision occurs between a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the results can be devastating for the bicyclist. Due to the huge disparity in size and weight between bikes and cars, as well as the lack of protection for a cyclist in a collision, bicyclists can suffer severe or fatal injuries after being hit by a motor vehicle. Because of this, collisions with bicycles account for approximately 2% of all annual fatalities in motor vehicle accidents. Due to the risk of injury, bicyclists should be sure to understand the best ways to stay safe on the roads and recognize negligence by drivers that can lead to dangerous collisions. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand how to recover compensation from a negligent driver. 

Protecting Your Safety While Riding a Bike

More than 400,000 bicyclists suffer injuries in bike accidents every year. Cyclists can take a number of steps to protect themselves from harm. First and foremost, wearing a helmet can significantly lower the chances of suffering significant brain trauma in an accident. Since nearly 45% of bicyclist fatalities occur at night, cyclists should be sure to equip their bikes with lights or reflectors and wear bright, visible clothing when cycling after dark. However, even when a bicyclist takes all possible precautions, they may still suffer serious injuries through no fault of their own.

Negligence Leading to Bicycle Accidents

In many cases, driver negligence is the primary cause of bicycle collisions. Distracted driving, which can involve any action that causes a driver to take their eyes or attention away from the road, can lead to a driver failing to see a bicyclist. Reckless or aggressive driving can also lead to serious bicycle accidents, including situations in which drivers refuse to respect a bicyclist’s right of way or drive in bike lanes while passing other vehicles. 

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Wisconsin bicycle accident lawyersThanks to environmental concerns and the scaling back of unnecessary expenses among many Americans, the number of cyclists has risen dramatically over the last decade. In fact, statistics indicate that some 66 million people now use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation.

Unfortunately, the roadways are still designed for passenger vehicles, and that creates challenges and potential risks for cyclists. Add in the potential for distracted, drunk, or drugged drivers and it becomes clear that cyclists need to know how to protect themselves from the risk of serious injury if a bicycle accident occurs. Learn more, including how the assistance of a seasoned, competent lawyer can increase your chances of receiving full and fair compensation after a crash.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

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injuries suffered in bicycle accidents, Wisconsin Personal Injury LawyerAny type of traffic-related accident can be dangerous and has the potential to cause serious injuries. However, some people tend to be at greater risk for more severe injuries than others. Specifically, individuals who ride bicycles on or near roadways often suffer devastating injuries in the event of a collision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2013 alone, approximately 48, 000 cyclists sustained injuries in accidents and an additional 743 cyclists did not survive their injuries.

While varying factors can lead to a bicycle accident, driver error, road hazards, and other forms of negligence are often to blame. If you have suffered injuries in a bicycle accident, call an Appleton personal injury lawyer for help today. We are available to help you identify who caused your accident and obtain your deserved compensation for medical expenses, lost income and benefits, and much more.

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bicycle accidents, Wisconsin personal injury attorneyAccording to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were 39, 370 injuries related to bicycle accidents in 2012. While this is only a small portion of traffic-related injuries that occurred in the state that year, the reality is that an accident can happen to anyone—especially as the weather improves more people venture outdoors on bicycles.

Fortunately, however, there are steps you can take in order to protect yourself if you are involved in a bicycle accident resulting in personal injury.

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