Bicyclists stand little chance against even the smallest of automobiles. With riders exposed to the full brunt of an accident, as opposed to motorists who have the luxury of being confined within the framework of an automobile, those who ride bicycles do not do well even in minor accidents. Injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to catastrophic, life-altering conditions, such as spinal damage or traumatic brain injury.
Negligent Drivers and Injured Bicyclists
In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded a total of 716 fatalities attributed to bicyclists/pedalcyclists. Since 1932, a total of more than 47,000 bicyclists have lost their lives in traffic accidents. Although the number of fatalities involving bicyclists in recent years has failed to top more than 1,000, thousands of individuals on bikes are injured each year in traffic accidents, often through no fault of their own. In fact, while the highest number of bicycle fatalities ever recorded by the NHSTA using the Fatality Analysis Reporting System was 1,003 in 1975, the year 2002, for instance, saw a total of 48,000 pedalcyclists injured.
Such action can be deemed negligent, and those liable for negligent actions that lead to the personal injury of another can be held financially accountable for injuries. Put simply, if a motorist in some way chooses to disregard the rules of the road and a bicyclist is injured as a result, then that bicyclist has the right to seek compensatory damages from the reckless driver in a court of law.
The Devastating Toll of Bike Accidents
Just about 33% of bicycle accidents involve collisions with automobiles, although the majority of these accidents result in catastrophic injury of some kind. Injuries to the head and brain account for 75% of catastrophic injury and fatalities amongst bicyclists. However, regardless of the outcome of the accident, all details that led up to the incident need to be carefully examined and taken into consideration in order to determine exactly where negligent action may have played a contributing factor in causing injury or wrongful death. In Maryland, the best course of action an injured bicyclist can take is to retain the services of an experienced bicycle accident attorney that will examine the details of the incident and ensure that the victim’s rights are protected in a court of law.
Experienced Help in Your Time of Need
If you have been injured or have lost a family member in a bicycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact Maryland bicycle accident attorney Steven H. Heisler, “The Injury Lawyer,” today for more information about personal injury and accident victims’ rights. Steven H. Heisler has dedicated many years to helping injury victims and surviving family members of wrongful death victims receive the compensation that they deserve. To protect your rights, please call today for a free consultation of your case.
$5,500,000.00 - Steve represented a 33-year-old single mother of one whose vehicle was struck head-on by a construction truck in 2002. The client suffered life threatening injuries and was in a coma for six weeks. She required two months of brain injury rehabilitation. The client currently has serious permanent disabilities as a result of the accident including short term memory loss, impaired speech, double vision, and right side paralysis.
She is unable to return to her occupation as a dental hygienist or any other occupation. Steve Heisler and his associate Keith Kauffman negotiated a $5.5 million structured settlement at mediation. Should the client reach her life expectancy the payout increases to $9.5 million.
$250,000 - Steve represented the family of a 15 year old Anne Arundel County boy who was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree. The defendant driver was also killed. Another passenger survived the crash. The defendant driver had a $300,000.00 liability policy. Steve negotiated a $250,000.00 settlement for the family. The remaining $50,000.00 was tendered to the surviving passenger.
$800,000 - Steve represented the estate and family of a 45 year old man who was killed when the motorcycle he was riding struck a guardrail and he was catapulted down an embankment. The estate and family alleged that a vehicle in the lane to the immediate left of the man swerved into his lane and caused a collision. The defendant strongly denied any wrong doing. The case was settled at a settlement conference for $800,000.00.
$325,000 - Steve’s client, a 45 year old Sr. Program Manager, was struck by a work vehicle that failed to yield the right of way while turning left in front of the victim in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Steve’s client was thrown from his Harley Davidson and suffered multiple injuries resulting in two surgeries. Suit was filed and the case settled for $325,000.00.
$200,000 - Steve’s client, an elderly lady from West Virginia, was seriously injured when the car she was traveling in was struck by a negligent driver in Garrett County, Maryland. The lady suffered a broken back and detached retina. Steve negotiated a $100,000.00 settlement with the defendant driver’s insurance company and was successful in getting his client’s West Virginia insurance company to “stack” an additional $100,000.00 for a total settlement of $200,000.00.
$100,000 - Steve represented a five year old Eastern Shore boy who was struck by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road while the boy was riding his bike. Steve's client suffered a traumatic brain injury and serious fractures which required him to spend an extended period of time in a rehabilitation center. The boy now has permanent brain damage. The case settled for the driver's policy limits of $100,000.00.
$95,000 - Steve represented a 36-year-old Cecil County man who was rear ended while stopped at a red light. The force of the impact was severe and his client’s vehicle was totaled. Steve’s client suffered a cerebral concussion, a C5-6 disc herniation, and a L2-3 disc protrusion. He received a 30% whole-body permanent disability rating. Steve settled the case with the insurance company for $95,000.00.