Protecting The Rights Of Bicycle Accident Victims In British Columbia
Riding a bicycle is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of transportation throughout the Vancouver area. With improved bicycle lanes on many roads and discussion of launching a bike share program, city officials encourage thousands of individuals to ride bicycles everyday either for recreation, exercise, or simply for transportation. Despite the surge in bicycling and encouragement from the city, bicycling unfortunately still comes with the high risk of accidents and injuries.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
When a collision occurs, bicyclists do not have the same safety protections as motorists. Often, they have little more than a helmet to protect their bodies from impact with a motor vehicle, object, or the pavement. For this reason, bicycle collisions can result in serious and often catastrophic injuries. Such injuries commonly include:
- Broken or shattered bones
- Facial and jaw fractures
- Traumatic brain injury
- Fractured skull
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Road rash and other burns
- Severe contusions or lacerations
- Internal organ damage
These injuries often require extensive medical treatment including emergency care, surgeries, hospitalization, therapy, rehabilitation, and home health care. Some bicycle injuries leave victims permanently disabled who can never return to their regular lives.
Holding Negligent Parties Liable In Bicycle Accident Cases
Bicycle accidents are often caused by the negligence of one or more party including:
- Other drivers for dangerous and unlawful driving behaviors
- Bicycle manufacturers for selling defective bikes or bike parts
- The government for allowing dangerous hazards to exist on the roads
Whether your bicycle accident injuries are relatively minor or catastrophic, you have the right to hold negligent parties who caused your accident liable for your injuries, bicycle damage and other related losses.
How We Can Help You
At the law firm of McLarty Wolf, we have extensive experience handling cases involving serious injuries and are committed to providing individual attention to each of our clients. We will work closely with you to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, so please call us at 604-688-9542 for a free, no-obligation consultation today.