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Bicycle-vehicle accidents can cause major injuries

People choose to bike for a variety of reasons. For some people, commuting to school or work on a bike is the best way to work regular exercise into a busy schedule. In some neighborhoods, biking can help you bypass the worst bottlenecks for traffic, creating a faster and less frustrating commute.

Other people may bike as means of reducing their environmental impact. Whatever the reason a person chooses to travel by bike, cyclists deserve the same rights and protections on the road as everyone else. Sadly, when accidents involving bikes happen, they are often worse for the biker than the driver.

All too often, distraction factors into a deadly or debilitating bicycle crashes caused by cars. Those driving motor vehicles may be on their phone, talking with others in the car, singing along to the radio, eating or otherwise not focusing on their immediate surroundings. While this often causes nothing but a skipped heart beat if they have a near-miss with another car, it can be deadly if they turn or merge into a lane where someone is on a bike.

Bicycle accidents can have long-lasting fallout for victims

When two cars collide, many times everyone inside the vehicles can walk away with little more than minor injuries and damages to their cars. When a motor vehicle hits someone on a bike, however, the potential for serious, even deadly, injuries increases. More than 1,000 people are injured in car-bicycle collisions in North Carolina every year. Every day, roughly three people on bikes collide with or are hit by people in motor vehicles. Some of these accidents, like doorings, may even be intentional.

A dooring is when people open their car doors into the flow of traffic, causing cyclists to strike the doors and be thrown from the bikes. These events can cause very severe injuries, as the cyclist could sustain head injuries, broken bones or even worse injuries.

Secondary accidents are also possible if the cyclist ends up in the flow of traffic after falling off the bike. The injuries from these kinds of collisions can take months to heal. The cyclist could face medical bills, including trauma care and physical therapy, as well as weeks or even months of lost wages as a result of someone's mistake.

An attorney can help you after a biking accident

If you or someone you loved sustained serious injuries in a bicycle-vehicle crash, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Your attorney can review the details of your crash and the associated financial losses to help you negotiate a settlement with an insurance company or file a civil lawsuit. Your best chance for a positive outcome in a bicycle-vehicle accident comes from working with an attorney who will advocate on your behalf.

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