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Sharing the road when you are on a bike can be dangerous because of the limited protection that you have and the reckless and irresponsible attitudes some drivers have toward bicyclists. The Peoria bicycle accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC seek justice on a regular basis on behalf of the bicyclists who endure serious injuries due to the lack of respect shown by many motorists in the Peoria area. Not only do bicycles have a right to the road, but drivers need to recognize and respect how devastating their reckless actions can become if a bicyclist is injured in an accident.Reckless Behaviors Lead to Accidents
In July of 2015, a bicyclist riding as part of a ten person group was injured when an irate driver taunted his entire group by following too closely, honking aggressively and moving in front of the group several times before slamming on the brakes in an effort to harass the cyclists. The driver’s reckless actions finally resulted in the injury of Dean Davis, who was forced off the road in the incident. One of the riders in the group is a Peoria resident who recounted that the driver seemed intent on continuing his reckless behavior until someone was hurt. The victim suffered a serious back injury while the motorist is currently facing multiple charges, including a felony.
In another accident, a bicyclist riding irresponsibly on Peoria’s streets proved that not all bicycle accidents are the result of driver negligence. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition after running a stop sign on Ann Street and Warren Street. He struck a vehicle and was thrown from his bicycle. Witnesses to the accident immediately called 9-11 and recount that there are always cyclists running that particular stop sign on motorized bikes like the one the accident victim had been riding. This particular accident is a cautionary tale to other bicyclists and a reminder that with the many rights afforded to bicyclists also comes the duty to follow the rules of the road for their safety and that of others on the road.Types of Injuries Involved in Bicycle Accidents
Our Peoria bike injury lawyers have observed many types of injuries due to accidents, but they all have one thing in common— when a vehicle is involved, the risk of serious injury is elevated. We have also noticed that your chances of survival increase with the use of a helmet and helmets reduce the severity of injuries to the head and neck. Here are some of the most common injuries we have seen.
- Lacerations and degloving injuries. Glass, metal fragments, road debris and the pavement can all contribute to wounds during an accident, and when the victim is dragged against the pavement, entire sections of skin can be pulled away. Puncture wounds and deep cuts are also common and run the risk of severe bleeding and infection due to the presence of foreign bodies.
- Broken bones and fractured joints. The force of a vehicle colliding with a defenseless bicyclist can easily break bones and cause extensive injury to the joints. Knee and elbow injuries are common, but cyclists may suffer injuries to the ankles, shoulders and wrists as well.
- Traumatic brain injuries. Whenever you’ve endured trauma to the head, there is a chance that you have suffered a traumatic brain injury and these injuries need to be monitored closely in order to prevent permanent or long term damage. Early detection is key; as many TBIs are asymptomatic at first, so if you are in an accident, seek testing for a TBI even if you feel fine.
- Back and spine injuries. Injuries to the back and spine can threaten mobility and forever change your quality of living. They can also require expensive surgery and painful rehabilitative therapy.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC takes bicycle laws seriously and will aggressively represent any victim of driver negligence or recklessness. As a bicyclist, you deserve to be on the road and should not need to share the road with motorists in fear of how their actions may impact your future. If you have been injured in a Peoria bike accident, contact us to schedule a risk free consultation and case evaluation so that we can review your rights and legal options and gather all of the information needed to investigate and build your case.
Our Peoria bicycle accident attorneys have recovered damages on behalf of hundreds of bicyclists like you and our expert knowledge of the law and record of success makes us one of the most trusted firms in the state. We are so confident in our ability to represent your interests that we promise only to collect a fee if we secure damages on your behalf. If we fail to do so, you will not owe us a thing for our services. Contact us today!