Although Bicycle Accidents have decreased with the increasing popularity of bicycle helmets, accidents still do occur at an alarming rate of one fatal injury every 6 hours.  In 2009, approximately 630 bicyclists died on the roads in the United States.  These deaths represented 2% of all traffic fatalities, with the average age being 41.  Most of these accidents took place in urban environments and at intersections.  The number of injuries to bicyclist is still high unfortunately, at 51,000, with the average age being 31 here.  Alcohol was involved in over 37% of all deaths. Many of these accidents are hit and run by car or truck, and the bicyclist is left stranded and injured.

Many of these accidents are the result of careless or inattentive motorists, whether they're driving a car, truck or bus.  Some of the common types of accidents that cyclists are involved with:

•  Automobiles turning directly in the path of a bicyclist.

•  Motor vehicles entering a street, pulling into the front path of a cyclist.

•  Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

•  A driver's inattention, or failure to yield, to a stop sign or yield sign.  

•  A vehicle driver's failure to notice and yield while passing a cyclist.  

•  A driver's failure to look both ways at a stop sign or yield sign before crossing traffic.

If you have experienced any type of injury you should immediately pursue the appropriate legal remedies.  Because of your injury you may have the right to:

•  Have your medical bills, and treatments paid.

•  Recoup some past future wages you may have lost.

•  Have treatment for your injuries paid in the future.

When choosing a bicycle accident attorney it is important to understand how they will approach the case.  We will thoroughly investigate the actual bicycle for chipped paint, bent or broken metal and wheels.  The scene of the accident is also an important aspect of the case, as it will determine the levels of negligence.  Also, if the accident was a hit and run, track down the owner of the vehicle and the party responsible.

If you or a loved one has been injured because a car, truck or other vehicle has hit their bicycle it is important that you call The Law Offices of Steven J. Grace to immediately begin protecting your rights, and recovering for your injuries.