Bicycles are one of the most fun and environmentally-friendly ways to get around. However, while cycling might seem safe with helmets and other safety precautions, a rising tide of bicycle accidents are increasingly more commonplace in recent times. Public Health Reports in a new study stated that these accidents are somehow linked to illegal acts of texting and driving while on the road.
What's more concerning is the 900 deaths of bicyclists, with a whopping number of 494,000 injured riders back in 2013. The severity of physical harm, the medical expenses, and aftermaths of a bicycle accident can be astronomical, which may necessitate hiring a lawyer to make sure you are justly compensated and made whole again. The Law Offices of Bradley L. Sorrentino in Connecticut assists victims and their families in recovery if they have been involved in a bicycle accidents causing injury.
Common Causes of Bicycle or Cycling Accident in Connecticut
Careless driving, driving under the influence or DUI, speeding, disregarding of road signs and having no respect for pedestrians and road rules are the top causes of bicycle accidents causing serious injury.
Connecticut law mandate that cyclists also adhere to the traffic safety laws enforced to motor vehicle drivers. Bicyclists are instructed to perform a simple ABC check; that is their air, brakes, chain, and cranks must all be properly operational. If even one of someone's road bike parts is not working as designed, swerving and lost of control might occur, which could lead to a collision once the rider is out of the bike lane.
Connecticut bicycle riders must wear safety gear. Anyone under 16 years of age, must wear a helmet at all times while biking.
Meanwhile, the Connecticut Driver's' Manual has updated the rules to promote bicycle safety. This includes a double fine if these rules are not appropriately followed.
Rules of the Road Concerning Cyclists
The Connecticut Rules of the Road promulgated by the Department of Motor Vehicles is key to determining fault in your cycling accident case. For example, motorists should have a distance of three (3) feet from a cyclist and are prohibited to honk if there is no reason to warn the cyclist of danger. Similarly, upon turning right or left, drivers must always assume that a rider is traveling across the intersection. If either of these road rules are violated, it could constitute negligence per se or statutory negligence making it much easier to prove a driver was at fault and thus making your bicycle accident case that much stronger.
A Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You
If an accident occurs, it's always best to notify police immediately so that an officer can conduct a thorough investigation right away and appropriately document what happened. A experienced Connecticut CT bicycle accident attorney will have an investigator compile accident scene photographs, record statements, obtain medical records, medical bills, police reports, talk to eyewitnesses. Given that Connecticut CT bicycle accident cases are time-sensitive, having a skilled and efficient bicycle accident attorney to assist you in handling your bicycle accident case to expedite the process will be invaluable to you.
The Law Offices of Bradley L. Sorrentino always provides bicycle accident victims with a free case evaluation with zero obligation. So if you are unsure of what the next step is to get the compensation for your Connecticut CT bicycle accident that you deserve, there is no downside to talking to a lawyer. If nothing else, they will give you honest advice about you bicycle injury case and whether legal action is required..
There are no upfront costs to you, and our firm only gets compensated if we win or settle your bicycle accident case. We also cover all the costs of litigation, and only get reimbursed for costs when you win.
If you or your loved one is caught in these kinds of accidents, contact Sorrentino Legal by calling (203) 518-8010 so we begin helping you get compensated for your bicycle injury today.