A bicycle ride is an enjoyable and economical way to get around. The health benefits are another advantage to riding your bike. Yet, bicyclists are among the most vulnerable people on the road.
Bicycle collisions involving a speeding driver are especially likely to result in serious injuries or death. If you were hit by a driver who was going too fast, you need to explore your legal options. Sadly, many drivers do not pay attention to bicyclists or traffic safety laws, and these accidents shatter the lives of bicyclists and their families in multiple ways.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 850 bicyclists died in traffic accidents over the course of 2018. Sadly, many of these wrecks likely involved high speeds and would not have happened if drivers had slowed down.
The dangers of speeding near bicyclists
When a driver goes too fast, they are less likely to notice a bicyclist while traveling around a sharp turn or up a hill. Speeding makes it harder for drivers to slow down and avoid a bicyclist and those who drive over the speed limit are less likely to pay attention to critical traffic signs. Sometimes, drivers who are in a rush run through stop signs and red lights.
The consequences of a high-speed bicycle wreck
Whenever a bicycle accident occurs, various hardships are possible. However, if you were struck by a speeding driver, it is even more likely that you are facing significant injuries. Due to the size difference between automobiles and cyclists plus the minimal protection, bicyclists are very vulnerable to injury from traffic accidents.
Whether you have sustained a serious head injury, broken bones, severe lacerations or any other injury, you need to commit to your recovery and this includes standing up for your legal options if a reckless driver caused the accident.