Omaha Bicycle Accident Lawyer
The quintessential picture of a peaceful summer afternoon in the countryside often involves a picnic, sunny day, and a bicycle ride. There are few things as quintessentially rooted in our culture as the bicycle and the enjoyment that comes with riding bicycles on beautiful days. While the American culture has yet to match the bike-friendly cities of Europe, steps have been taken in the right direction. However, motor vehicle drivers have not yet caught on that bicyclists roam the city streets as well. As a result, drivers often do not pay attention to bike lanes and incoming bicyclists, resulting in serious injuries.
Awareness of bicyclists on the Nebraska city streets has risen in the past twenty years, leading to a marked decrease in the number of bicycle injuries reported each year. In 1994, a record 537 bicycle injuries were reported in Nebraska. This number has since decreased to 249 in 2014, representing a growing awareness of bicyclists on the road and better developed bike lanes.
Bicyclists have a little more protection, and definitely more awareness of impending accidents, than pedestrians do. Bicyclists are often banned from riding on sidewalks and therefore must ride in the streets with vehicles that are several hundred times larger than they are. As a bicyclist, you are often rolling along with the speed of traffic and dodging cars left and right, while at the same time ensuring that you remain visible to cars.
Bicycle Accident Recovery
After a bicycle accident occurs, the recovery process is often long and painful. Bicyclists often suffer very serious injuries after an accident, including:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Brain injuries
Many of these require ongoing care for the rest of their life. All of this could be prevented by a motor vehicle driver simply paying attention to the road. This negligence can lead to the ability of a bicyclist to recover for their medical costs, ongoing rehabilitation, and any lost wages. A personal injury attorney can assist you in calculating the amount of damages you are entitled to receive.
It is important to contact a personal injury attorney shortly after your injury to prevent any settlement from occurring with the negligent party’s insurance company. Insurance companies are in the business to make money – they often do so by settling with an injured party shortly after an accident occurs. Any settlement which you sign, may limit your ability to bring a claim for your injuries.
The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of the Knowles Law Firm. Our attorneys are avid supporters of bicyclists anywhere, and will work tirelessly to ensure the responsible party is held responsible for your injuries. Bicycle awareness grows each year, and the number of accidents will decrease with the number of drivers held responsible for their actions. Your claim may help prevent a future bicycle accident from occurring in the state. Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.