There is a common misconception that a cyclist has no rights on the road. Thankfully, with the growing popularity of cycling, more awareness has been brought to the need for improved safety. When motor vehicle drivers or cyclists fail to adhere to the proper rules of the road, accidents are bound to occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, 40% of all bicycle fatalities were caused by alcohol either for the driver or the cyclist thereby making it the most common cause of bicycle fatalities.
Some other common causes of bike accidents include:
- Failure to yield
- Making illegal turns
- Failing to properly signal
- Distracted driving
Other accidents are caused by an inattentive driver opening a car door after pulling over to the curb and not noticing the bicyclist or by backing out of a driveway, alleyway, or pulling away from a curb without looking thereby running over the cyclist.
If your loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, contact our highly skilled New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at the Injury Law Center® today: (603) 883-4100.Laws Regarding Bicycle Accidents
In 2014, 726 cyclists were killed nationwide, with an additional 50,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes. According to the League of American Bicyclists, New Hampshire ranked 14 out of the 50 states for being Bicycle Friendly. While it received failing marks for infrastructure, New Hampshire received excellent marks for education and encouragement and enforcement.
In 2009, New Hampshire passed a new statute [RSA 265:143-a] requiring:
- Every vehicle driver to ensure the safety of a bicyclist when passing them, exercising due care by leaving enough distance between them;
- Said distance should be around 3 feet when traveling 30 mph or less, with an additional foot for every 10 mph above 30.
In addition, New Hampshire has a statute (RSA 265:144 X.) requiring all cyclists under the age of 16 to wear protective headgear. This is important, as 12% of all of the cyclist fatalities nationwide were children under the age of 16.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact our highly skilled New Hampshire bicycle accident lawyer at the Injury Law Center® today. Our firm recently obtained a $79,000 judgment in Rockingham Superior Court for a bicycle accident victim who suffered a ligament tear, a broken tooth, a traumatic knee injury, right ankle instability, headaches, and tinnitus.Impact & Injuries
According to a study by Reuters, bicycle injuries in the United States are becoming more severe. In the last five years, the number of chest injuries rose by 15% and abdominal injuries increased threefold. Reuters suggests that this is due to more motor vehicles, the trend of being "green" encouraging more cyclists on the roads, and a lack of infrastructure to protect said cyclists.
Common bicycle injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Road rash and burns
- Fractures including facial and dental fractures, and scars
- Broken bones
Most often these victims have young families who are greatly affected by the significant injuries that can be sustained in a bicycle accident.Schedule a Consultation With Our Dedicated Team
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a bicycle accident in New Hampshire, you may be able to collect damages for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, future lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and overall decreased quality of life. New Hampshire is a comparative fault state, which means that as long as the bicyclist is not found to be more than 50% at fault in the accident, the bicyclist has a right to recover for his or her damages.
Our firm has been handling bicycle accidents with success for years and can exhaust all possible resources to prove the other party is at fault and secure maximum compensation on your behalf.
Set up a free consultation by calling (603) 883-4100 today. We are ready to fight for you.