Nampa Bicycle Accident Attorney

According to a 2015 article in the Blue Review, there were 1,195 bicycle crashes, with 11 fatalities in Ada County, Idaho since 2007 when the ITD first began recording locations of bicycle accidents. The majority of these bicycle accidents were within the Boise city limits. Almost half of those bicycle accidents occurred on bike routes or marked bike lanes, while the remainder occurred on streets with no bicycle infrastructure. This information begs the questions as to whether designated bike lanes are any safer than streets with no bicycle infrastructure. Bicycle accidents are unique in that the injuries sustained by a bicyclist after being hit by a 3,000-pound or larger vehicle are likely to be catastrophic, or even fatal.

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

The position of the bicyclist relative to the motorist who hits the bicyclist is the key factor in Idaho bicycle accidents. The most common types of bicycle accidents include:

  • Accidents which occur when a driver opens his or her door into a bicyclist’s path
  • Accidents which occur when a driver does not give the bicyclist enough room when passing, side-swiping the bicyclist
  • Accidents which occur when a driver is following a bicyclist too closely, then because of distraction, excessive speed, impairment or sheer carelessness, hits the bicyclist from the rear
  • Accidents which are the result of a driver crossing in front of a bicyclist at an intersection or from an alley or driveway.
  • Drivers who turn right, hitting a bicyclist who is to the right of a car at an intersection
  • Distraction can be a major factor in vehicle/bicycle accidents—as well as in a significant number of automobile/automobile accidents.

Injuries Sustained in a Bicycle Accident

Particularly when the bicyclist fails to wear an appropriate bicycle helmet, head injuries are common among those injured in a bicycle accident. Spinal cord injuries can result from a bicycle accident as can fractures, neck and back injuries, cuts and scrapes and internal injuries. An unprotected bicyclist is simply no match for an automobile, therefore the injuries are often extremely severe.  You could find yourself unable to return to work following your bicycle accident, and even unable to manage your normal, day-to-day routines. A bicycle accident lawsuit can ensure the negligent party pays for your medical expenses, your lost wages, lost future earnings and even your pain and suffering. To ensure you receive an equitable settlement it is always a good idea to speak to an experienced Idaho bicycle accident attorney.

An Experienced Idaho Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help

If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident in Nampa, Idaho, you need an experienced and skilled Nampa bicycle accident lawyer on your side. Your attorney can help you obtain the money you need to help pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Bicyclists often have a difficult time collecting the money they need and insurance companies don’t always play fair. As a result, you need an experienced bicycle accident attorney on your side from the moment you are injured. Don’t delay, call Nampa Attorney Joe Frick today for a free consultation and review of your case. He will fight aggressively for you and your future. Call today!

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