Bike accidents rank high in frequency among serious injury cases. This is likely due to the circumstances of collisions with motor vehicles. Bikers have much less protection than vehicle occupants. While bike riders have helmets and pads, motor vehicles have metals and weigh thousands of pounds. When moving, the measure of force is weight multiplied by the speed, and the impacts can be devastating. In the US, as bicycling becomes more popular for trips, fun and fitness, there will be more accidents; however, one hopes that drivers adjust over time to the presence of bicycles on the roads and learn to better accommodate them in traffic.
Attorney Fees in Bike Cases
Attorneys, who accept negligence bike-accident cases, usually charge contingent legal fees, which mean no payment unless, and until there is a recovery. The standard fee is one third of the recovery. Attorneys may request fees in product liability cases, but many attorneys also accept them on a contingent fee basis. Attorneys specialize in bike and motorbike cases due to the specific types of evidence they must assemble to produce a positive outcome. Motion, engineering, and accident reconstruction experts are frequently at the core of a case.
Types Of Bike Cases
There are several useful ways to categorize bike accident types. One is in product liability where the issue is the design, manufacture, or safety of the bike itself. In these cases, the cause of injury relates to the fitness of the bike for the intended use. For example, one can expect a trail bike to ride effectively on rough terrain, whereas manufacturers did not design or build racing bikes for that use.The other type is in negligence or personal injury law. These involve collisions with vehicles on the roads. A further category might be the common carrier status, trucks, buses, and taxis, for example, which hold vehicles to a higher standard of care due to their use in public transportation or commercial activity.
Statistics Are Not Complete
Bike accident statistics are uneven and need a lot of interpretation. As reported and compiled by the US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, raw data does not provide enough details, and also it appears that bicycle accidents are far more likely to go unreported to police. However, one fact stands out that bikes account for two percent of traffic fatalities, but bicycle trips account for only one percent of all trips.Bicycles will become more important in the future as a form of travel. Bicycle safety will be a greater concern. Bicycle accident law will likely be a more prominent source of legal activity.