Bicyclists and pedestrians can suffer serious injuries and fatality from a severe impact with cars, trucks, and buses.
I was bicycling to work when I was hit by a car. Can I sue the driver?
Driver negligence is one of the most common causes of bicycle accidents. Drivers of cars, buses, and trucks have a responsibility to share the road with bicyclists. If a driver is driving under the influence of alcohol or distracted by his cell phone, he or she can be held liable for any injuries or other damages they cause to a bicyclist.
Bicycle accidents may also be caused by poor road design, poor bike lane design, traffic signal malfunctions, bad road signage, and negligent traffic safety officers which mean the municipal entity, road maintenance crew, or local traffic officials can be found liable for any injuries or damage that occur.
Another possibility is that a bike accident was caused by a bad bicycle manufacturing defect or design.
All scenarios are taken into consideration by a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were approximately 45,000 bicycle accidents in the United States during 2006. An estimated 44,000 resulted in injury, and more than 700 proved fatal.
My mother was crossing the street in a crosswalk when she got struck by a SUV. What can we do to hold the driver accountable?
Pedestrians run down by cars and other motor vehicles may suffer catastrophic injury, including traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, spinal cord injury, amputation injuries, multiple broken bones, or death. Injuries may require extensive rehabilitation to heal and some injuries may recur. Serious injuries mean mounting medical bills and possible loss of income and quality of life.
Driver negligence such as speeding, cell phone distraction, and recklessness is the most common cause of pedestrian accidents. Drivers have a responsibility to yield to a pedestrian’s right of way. If a driver is under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance or is otherwise distracted, the driver can be held responsible for injuries and damage sustained by a pedestrian.
Ostroff Injury Law will help get your medical bills paid, even if you don’t have health insurance! You are also entitled to file a claim for pain and suffering and loss of wages if you were injured as a pedestrian.
Too many pedestrian accidents happen at dusk or darkness. Other causes of pedestrian accidents include poor road and sidewalk design, traffic signal malfunctions, poor road signage, falling debris, and unsafe construction sites.
In 2006, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were approximately 66,000 pedestrian accidents in the United States. Of those pedestrian accidents, an estimated 61,000 resulted in injury and more than 4,700 pedestrians died.