If they wish to remain safe and prevent accidents, motorists must pay attention to and share the road with bicyclists. As you may have inferred, this does not always happen, and each year, numerous bicyclists are hit and left to suffer by inattentive, intoxicated, and inexperienced drivers. According to state law, if a motorist collides with a bicyclist, he or she must stop to help and contact emergency services. If this is not done, the injured bicyclists could sustain permanent or life-threatening injuries that could be easily treated by a medical professional.
What Is a Hit and Run?
When motorists flee the scene of an accident, they will be subject to a hit and run charge, even if the other party involved is a bicyclist. Hit and run is a serious crime, and it can result in the fleeing motorist spending years in prison. When the driver of a car hits a bicyclist, the driver (if he or she is not injured) should immediately contact the police and emergency medical services. When a driver fails to do this, the bicyclist’s life could be placed in grave danger. Issues can also become more complicated if the motorist is driving while intoxicated or with a suspended license.
Life-Threatening Injuries and Rising Medical Bills
When a vehicle collides with a bicycle, chances are, the person on the bicycle will sustain more severe injuries. These injuries can be life-changing, and at times, lethal, even if a bicyclist is wearing the appropriate safety gear. If the bicyclist is thrown from the bike, the chances of sustaining a traumatic brain, head, or neck injury increase significantly. Bicycle accident victims can also sustain the following injuries during an accident.
- Damage to the spinal cord or nerves
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Internal injuries
- Fractured or broken bones
- Dental and jaw trauma
The injuries above can greatly limit the victim’s ability to work and live a normal life. The expenses they incur from medical bills and physical therapy can also deplete their financial resources. This is especially true if an injury leaves them paralyzed or permanently disfigured.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Bicyclists who have been hit by vehicles will face numerous challenges. By working with an experienced attorney, you can make your life easier and ensure that you receive the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact the San Diego bike hit and run attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers today. We can be reached at (888) 233-5020.