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Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accidents in Delaware

Often, drivers do not expect to encounter bicycles on the road, and this can result in devastating collisions. Bicycle accidents tend to be severe because the bicyclist is so exposed, and often these types of auto accidents involve vehicles travelling at a high rate of speed. However, even a slow moving accident can cause catastrophic injuries resulting in lifelong problems for the cyclist. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.

What to Do After a Bicycle Accident

Getting in an accident while on your bike can be nerve wracking. You may not feel physical pain from any injuries you suffered until after the initial shock of the incident tapers off. There are many other reasons why pain may be delayed. Minor injuries can take days, weeks, or even months to manifest as long-term problems requiring expensive treatment. Always seek medical attention after an accident to ensure your injuries properly treated and documented.

Even if you think you are not injured, you should call the police and file a report. If you leave the scene without identifying the other driver, you may never be able to receive compensation for your injuries.

Police may ticket the driver at the scene, which can be helpful if you decide to pursue a legal claim. Be sure to get the name and contact information of the driver, as well as any witnesses to the accident. Do not admit fault to the driver or make any statements to an insurance adjuster before consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Take photos of the accident scene and surrounding area if you are able. Take notes about the road conditions, time of day, and anything else you can remember about your accident. Photograph your injuries on a regular basis to track their progression.

Contact an experienced Delaware bicycle accident lawyer immediately, so they can begin building your case.

Common Types of Bicycle Accidents

  • Accidents at intersections – Cyclists are most at risk of being struck by a car at an intersection. Forty-five percent of all bicycle accidents with cars occur at intersections. To protect against these kinds of accidents, wear reflective clothing and utilize front and rear lamps when riding at night. Ride defensively, and always expect that cars do not see you.
  • Accidents at stop signs – The most common type of stop sign accident is when a bicyclist has the stop sign, and the motorist does not. This is frequently a problem for young riders (under the age of 15) who do not yet have the ability to judge the distance and speed of an approaching car.
  • Cars turning right – A common type of bicycle accident happens when a cyclist is travelling in the same lane as a car that turns right. The car turning right does not see the cyclist behind him. Always be prepared to brake suddenly in intersections. Never pass a car on the right—especially through an intersection. Be aware of drivers’ blind spots.
  • Dooring accidents – These types of accidents happen when a driver or passenger of a vehicle opens their door directly into the path of a bicyclist. Dooring accidents can cause serious injuries to the bicyclist as they are the equivalent to rider hitting a wall without warning.

Always remember to wear your helmet when bicycling. In Delaware, only riders under the age of 19 are legally required to wear a helmet, but all riders should wear one for safety and protection.

Wilmington Bicycle Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Represent Victims of Bicycle Accidents

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, speak to an experienced Wilmington bicycle accident lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow today. Call us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We represent accident victims throughout upstate and downstate Delaware, including those in Wilmington, Hockessin, Newark, Glasgow, Bear, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, Lewes, Georgetown, and Seaford, as well communities in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.

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