Car vs. Bicycle… An Unfortunate Growing Trend | Law Offices of Brian J. Mongelluzzo
A recurring theme in Connecticut news is bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles. Two cyclists were struck by cars in same week alone. In Plainfield on September 10th, a 39 year old cyclist was hit by a vehicle while crossing an intersection and suffered injuries to the back of the head. Only five days later, a 20 year cyclist failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit in Meriden.
There are two very common instances of bicycle/car accidents. The first is the left hand turn, in which a motorist turns left into the path of a cyclist traveling in the opposite direction. The second is the right hook, where a vehicle passes a cyclist traveling in a bike lane or right shoulder traveling in the same direction then makes a right turn into the cyclist’s path. Other instances such as opening a car into a cyclist or rear ending a cyclist are more common in large cities.
For both cyclists and motorists, it is important to handle bicycle/car accidents in a specific manner. No matter how mild or severe, calling the police is recommended. Similar to vehicle/vehicle accidents, avoiding minimizing your own injuries or damage to your car/bicycle. Before traveling in a populated area or one where cycling is common, review Connecticut’s Share the Road campaign to for proper road protocol.
Representation for Victims of Bicycle Accidents
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, it may be in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney to explore options for compensation. Following a bicycle accident, you may be left with medical bills, the inability to work, or even life-long injuries that impact your quality of life. Trusting your case to an experienced attorney can help you receive compensation to cover the financial burden of your accident. If You’ve been injured by a wrong way driver, or know someone who has, call our dedicated personal injury staff today (203) 663-3695. BJM Law can help.
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