Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts bicycle accident lawyer has handled numerous wrongful death matters and injury claims involving accidents between bicyclists and motor vehicles.
Bicycling has been reborn in recent years as the new trend among young adults. A new young, hip urban class has emerged throughout the country who purchase homes near their places of work in order to bike or walk to work. However, with this new trend comes increased prevalence for accidents since most cities are not well equipped to handle bicyclists on the roads. However, distracted car drivers are often to blame for bicycle accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Bicycle Accidents in Connecticut and Massachusetts
Each year there are major news stories about terrible bicycle accidents which occur on Connecticut and Massachusetts streets. Bicyclists do not have much protection if they are in an accident with a car or large truck. While a helmet does serve an important purpose, it offers little to no help if a car runs over a bicyclist. The Capitol Region Council of Governments conducted a study of bicycle crashes occurring in Connecticut between 1995 and 2010, finding that bicycle fatality rates are trending higher in Connecticut than in the nation. Surprisingly, the majority of bicycle accidents do not occur at night, but instead occur between 3 and 6PM. West Hartford was unfortunately one town with one of the highest number of bicycle accidents over a 4 year period. While the current study ended in 2010, the study made a note that since the data was completed, there have been many more fatal bicycle accidents throughout the state which have undoubtedly changed the decreasing trend in 2010. Bicycle accidents are now more than likely higher in Connecticut than in the rest of the country.
Additionally, many bicycle accidents are often unreported since they do not involve an insurance claim or police report. Many other bicyclists may treat severe injuries at home until they become too burdensome.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicycle accidents often lead to severe injuries due to the lack of protective gear. A car has many layers to protect a driver or passenger, while the bicyclist is quite exposed and rides at the risk of severe injuries. Bicycle injuries often include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Internal injuries
Many of these injuries require extended hospital stays and long term care, resulting in a complete lifestyle change for the bicyclist. If you were not responsible for the horrific accident, you should not be forced to pay all medical bills or other bills that are the result of your injuries.
Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one were the victim of a bicycle accident, do not hesitate to contact Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts bicycle accident lawyer. Our attorney has years of experience in representing clients who have been injured in bicycle accidents and will work tirelessly to ensure that you are compensated for any injuries you received. Bicycle riding has always been a large part of American culture, and the new rise in popularity should not be stifled by distracted drivers. Contact our West Hartford, Glastonbury, or Enfield office today for your initial free consultation.